Sammy at the Lyric Hammersmith

London theatre news: Sunday 23 February 2020

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Olivier Award-Winner Giles Terera leads the cast of Sammy, the major new musical based on the life and career of legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy at the Lyric Hammersmith

Image courtesy Lyric Hammersmith

Scheduled to play at the Lyric Hammersmith from 28 July to 19 September 2020,

Sammy - The Sammy Davis Jr. Musical is based on the life and career of legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

Written by Leslie Bricusse, a long-time collaborator of Sammy Davis, and directed by Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe), the musical is a celebration of the life of a friend, an entertainer and a legend.

The show is packed full of Sammy Davis's iconic songs including 'The Candy Man', 'What Kind of Fool Am I?' and 'Feeling Good' performed by a live band.

Speaking about the production, Clarke Peters said ...

"Sammy was so important to me growing up, we all aspired to be him.

But his influence on us as African American men was questionable.

I'm delighted that we will be taking audiences on this journey with us, exploring the life and enduring legacy of this complicated but phenomenal entertainer through Leslie's great love letter to his friend and collaborator Sammy Davis Jr."

Writer, Leslie Bricusse, commented ...

"To have the creator of Five Guys Named Moe (Clarke Peters) direct the Olivier Award winning star of Hamilton (Giles Terera) by joining me in bringing you the musical life story of Sammy Davis Jr in this beautiful theatre is a rare and great privilege.

Sammy was a phenomenal human being, and a blazing talent, beyond anything we had ever seen.

My wife Evie and I saw Sammy perform over 300 times during the 30 years of our great friendship with him, and after every performance we would look at one another and say 'That's the best he's ever been!'

Because it always was!"

Giles Terera said ...

"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, which was workshopped in October 2019, will close the 2019/2020 Season at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Artistic Director, Rachel O'Riordan, said ...

"I'm delighted that, to conclude my first season as Artistic Director, we will be producing Sammy - an epic musical, written by the legendary playwright and lyricist Leslie Bricusse.

To have Giles Terera play the title character - in a musical directed by the brilliant Clarke Peters - in the Lyric's beautiful main house is an exciting and momentous prospect."

Show listing information


At a young age Sammy set his sights on stardom and never looked back.

From humble beginnings he shot to fame as a member of The Rat Pack and navigated the racial politics of 60s America to eventually become one of the great performers of the 20th century.

Packed full of his iconic songs including 'The Candy Man', 'What Kind of Fool Am I?' and 'Feeling Good' performed by a live band, this untold story of talent, prejudice, love and legacy finally takes centre stage.



Giles Terera as Sammy Davis Jnr


Author: Leslie Bricusse
Composer: Leslie Bricusse; additional songs by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Lyricist: Leslie Bricusse
Director: Clarke Peters
Production: A Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Production


Lyric Hammersmith - Main house
Kings Mall
King St
Lyric Square
W6 0QL


From: Tuesday 28 July 2020

Closes: Saturday 19 September 2020


Standard: From £13

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