Please note: Beverley Knight is not scheduled to perform in The Drifters Girl from 18 – 23 January 2021.
The Drifters Girl – Starring Beverley Knight
The Drifters hold a place in the heart of millions of us around the world thanks to their wonderfully cool soul music. Beverley Knight is a soul diva with an international reputation, a popular British broadcaster and the star of many a West End spectacular, a woman with the voice of an angel. Combine the two and you've got a hot new musical set to thrill audiences in the capital.
The Drifters Girl is a brand new musical starring Beverley Knight. The music comes from The Drifters. And it's on at the Garrick theatre from the autumn of 2020. Why's it being promoted so early? Simple. Because this show has the feel of a sell-out about it, and the producers are fully expecting a smash hit.
Beverley Knight plays Faye Treadwell, The Drifters' legendary manager, a woman who spent three decades determined to transform the band into a global smash. The band was with Atlantic Records, and they were one of the hottest vocal groups of the times, but the highs of fame and fortune were balanced by the lows of legal problems and personal tragedy.
The musical follows the sterling efforts of Treadwell, the world’s very first female African American music manager, and reveals how she flat refused to give up on the band she adored. She succeeded, and thanks to her the soul-loving world has a stock of hundreds of hit songs from a band who will never be forgotten. Nor will she. Faye Treadwell was – and will always be – The Drifters Girl.
Here's some background. The Drifters are still around, a brilliant doo-wop and R&B vocal group originally created as a backing band for Clyde McPhatter, which had the honour of being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as 'The Drifters' thanks to their many iconic chart hits. Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place And Saturday Night At The Movies, they're all beautiful, all soulful and were all huge hits, the stars of many a 1970s and 1980s disco.
Beverley Knight MBE's debut album, The B-Funk, came out in 1995. Her music is strongly influenced by American soul music icons like the wonderful Sam Cooke and remarkable Aretha Franklin, both serious soul heroes. Knight's eight studio albums have all scored high and she's known as one of the nation's finest soul singers. If you love the singles Greatest Day, Get Up!, Shoulda Woulda Coulda and Come as You Are, that's Beverley Knight at her best.
You're going to adore this new musical, so grab tickets while they're available.
Who is this show for?
There are no age recomnmendations for the show so far, so use your common sense. It's full of sweet soul music, with a plot that older children will appreciate but younger ones may be bored by.
by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 1 2019, 08:28
There are two types of jukebox musicals, the term given to shows which stitch together existing hits to tell a story. Some have an original plot, such as WE WILL ROCK YOU, MAMMA MIA and MOULIN ROUGE but equally successful are productions which tell the story of the artists who first recorded the material eg. BEAUTIFUL-THE CAROL KING MUSICAL, JERSEY BOYS and TINA.Beverley Knight and the Music of the Drifters Feature in an intriguing New West End Show