Elvis (musical)

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 and Tracey Ullman.[1]

"Elvis" - The Musical
Original London Cast Recording
MusicVarious Artists
LyricsVarious Artists
BookJack Good
Ray Cooney
BasisThe life and music of Elvis Presley
Productions1977 West End 1996 West End

Production history

1977 production

The original West End production opened on November 28, 1977 at the Astoria Theatre in London which had been converted from being a Cinema especially for the show by Laurie Marsh.[2] Elvis was portrayed by four actors over the course of its run: 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, and later was played by Bogdan Kominowski. Live musical accompaniment was provided by the rock and roll revival group, Fumble.[3] Overthefootlights.co.uk records that it played for 614 performances which would indicate that the show closed in late April 1979. (This can be confirmed by the fact that many of the cast went on to perform in the 1979 revival of Grease which previewed at the Bristol Hippodrome in May 1979).[4] The show later went on for a National Tour

Production team


  • PJ Proby (listed as James Proby in programme) - Older Elvis (later replaced by Bogdan Kominowski)
  • Bogdan Kominowski - Older Elvis
  • Shakin' Stevens - Middle Elvis
  • Tim Whitnall - Young Elvis
  • Helen Baker - Singer and Dancer
  • Tanith Banbury - Singer and Dancer
  • Anna Macleod - Singer and Dancer
  • Yael O'Dwyer - Singer and Dancer
  • Tracey Ullman - Dance Captain and Singer / Dancer
  • Richard Ashley - Singer and Dancer
  • Paul Felber - Singer and Dancer
  • Stephen Leigh - Singer and Dancer
  • Richard Piper - Singer and Dancer
  • Shaun Simon - Singer and Dancer


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[6] 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[7]


  1. Caroline Sullivan (22 December 2005). "Shakin' Stevens, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. Souvenir programme for "Elvis"
  3. Fumble, Angie,. "FUMBLE in Elvis – The Musical". www.fumbleontheweb.com. Retrieved 20 September 2016.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "Grease (London Revival, 1979)". www.ovrtur.com. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  5. Keith Strachan Musical director of 1977 production and co-director of 1996 production.
  6. Alexander Bar
  7. "MusicalHeaven.com". Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
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