Elvis (musical)

Elvis (musical)

Elvis - The Musical
Music Zilch
Lyrics various
Book Jack Good and Ray Cooney
Basis Life of Elvis Presley

1977 West End

1996 West End

Elvis is a jukebox musical based upon the life of Elvis Presley, conceived and directed by Jack Good and Ray Cooney. It tells the story of Elvis Presley's life and career, from the beginning until his death. The original cast included Shakin' Stevens, who later became the top-selling UK singles artist of the 1980s.[1]


  • Production history 1
    • 1977 production 1.1
      • Production team 1.1.1
      • Cast 1.1.2
      • Musicians 1.1.3
    • 1996 production 1.2
  • Musical numbers 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Production history

1977 production

The original West End production opened on November 28, 1977 at the Astoria Theatre in London. Elvis was portrayed by three actors: Tim Whitnall as Elvis in his early years; Shakin' Stevens as Elvis in his army and movie star years; and PJ Proby as Elvis in his Las Vegas years. Live musical accompaniment was provided by the rock and roll revival group, Fumble.[2]

Production team

  • Producer and co-devisor - Ray Cooney
  • Director and co-devisor - Jack Good
  • Designer - Patrick Robertson
  • Lighting - David Hersey
  • Costumes - Rosemary Vercoe
  • Sound - Autograph
  • AV - Ray Millichope
  • Musical Director - Keith Strachan
  • Musical Supervisor and co-writer - Harry Robinson
  • Assistant director - Annabel Leventon
  • Choreographer - Carole Todd



1996 production

In 1996, Bill Kenwright Ltd mounted a modified production at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, directed by Keith Strachan and Carole Todd. PJ Proby returned as Las Vegas Elvis, Tim Whitnall as mid-period Elvis, and Alexander Bar[4] joined them as young Elvis. Various song changes were made to the initial 1977 production. After transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre in 1997, the show toured the UK until 2000.

Musical numbers[5]


  1. ^ Caroline Sullivan (22 December 2005). "Shakin' Stevens, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ Fumble
  3. ^ Keith Strachan Musical director of 1977 production and co-director of 1996 production.
  4. ^ Alexander Bar
  5. ^ MusicalHeaven.com

External links

  • Fumble Site devoted to the original house band.
  • Alexander Bar Site maintained by a star of the 1996 production, featuring clippings, photographs and promotional appearances.