Discover his inspiration for the children’s story about a cheeky little fellow with big dreams of being in the spotlight.
Sammy, a brand music musical based on the life of iconic performer Sammy Davis Jr, is set to open in London later this year.
The production will open at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on Tuesday 28 July, running until Saturday 19 September 2019.
Oliver Award-winner Giles Terera is set to play the titular role in the forthcoming production. Terera’s credits include originating the role of Aaron Burr in the West End transfer of Lin-Manuel’s Hamilton.
The actor comments: “I am excited and very honoured to finally be bringing Sammy Davis Jr’s incredible story to fresh new audiences. His triumphs and struggles speak to me and inspire me today more than ever.”
The musical was written by Academy and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, who worked with Sammy on the hits What Kind Of Fool Am I? and The Candy Man, and will be directed by Clarke Peters, whose credits include Five Guys Named Moe in the West End and The Wire for HBO.
Born in 1925, Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Davis Jr had his sights set upon stardom from a young age, rising from humble beginnings to shoot to fame as a member of the notorious The Rat Park alongside Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Navigating the racial politics of the 60s in America, Sammy would eventually rise to become one of the greatest performers of the 20th century.
Marking the year the musician would have turned 95, Sammy will lovingly tell his story and how he faced up to, and overcame prejudice to become such a revered and well-loved icon.
The forthcoming musical will feature a live band performing some of Sammy’s iconic hits, including Feeling Good and Who Can I Turn To?.
Tickets to see Sammy at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk