EXCLUSIVE: Broadway’s Felicia Boswell (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert) will make her West End debut in July when she takes over from Beverley Knight (Bodyguard Musical)the chart-topping British soul queen in the hugely enjoyable hit show The wanderer’s daughter, which has been running at the Garrick Theater since last November.
The knight leaves The daughter of the dinghies on July 2 and Boswell joined the production three days later on July 5 to play Faye Treadwell, the pioneering manager who took control of the legendary soul quartet after the death of the band’s manager, her husband George Treadwell in 1967.
Boswell will perform with a quartet of local stars, Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Dream Girls), Adam J. Bernard, who won an Olivier Award for his James ‘Thunder’ Early in dream girls, Tarinn Callender (Hamilton) and Matt Henry, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Actor for his performance in Naughty boots. They portray a multitude of roles, including the ever-changing lineup of artists who have performed as The Drifters.
Michael Harrison, founder and CEO of Michael Harrison Entertainment, tasked Broadway casting director Tara Rubin with finding him an artist to replace Knight. She had decided to leave the series to play in an upcoming musical comedy revival in London. Sister act.
Harrison told Deadline: “Finding someone who can deliver vocally and have the caliber of a Beverley Knight, although there is only one Beverley Knight, was difficult. There was no one here. so we asked Tara Rubin to help us.
Harrison told us that Jonathan Church, director of The daughter of the dinghieshad seen Boswell when she played Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical on Broadway. “When Tara mentioned Felicia’s name, we jumped at the chance to work with her,” Harrison said.
Boswell is excited too.
“This is my West End debut. I’m so excited!” she exclaimed during a Zoom interview with Deadline.
“It was a dream of mine to work in the West End. And two, I’ve been a huge Beverley Knight fan,” she said, noting that she and Knight starred as Felicia Farrell in the musical. Memphis.
“Montego Glover was the first Felicia Farrell. I was the second Felicia Farrell and the third artist to play her was Beverley Knight in London, so we have some similarities, and the idea of her playing a role that I was playing n “Was just butterflies in your stomach. Now that’s reversed. I was always told as a kid that if you’re taken to it, you can do it,” Boswell said.
Boswell’s family has a sound of her singing at the age of three. When she was six or seven, her father, John Boswell, who ran an auto repair shop in Montgomery, Alabama, sang with gospel groups such as the Mighty Hurricanes and decided to form one with Felicia and her two older sisters.
“We were known as John Boswell and the True Sounding Boswellettes and we sang on a Christian radio station in Montgomery. I always give it back to my father. I grew up singing gospel music, but when everyone was in church and sang in choirs, we performed live on the radio during church hours. We would open for big gospel bands and we would tour… those are my roots and I’m very proud of that,” said Boswell, who will travel to London later next week to start preparing for rehearsals.
Boswell has family ties to Rosa Parks, the First Lady of Civil Rights. Her grandmother and Rosa Parks were cousins and were raised together as sisters, she explained.
“My dad used to say, Cousin Rosa is here and we’re going to Grandma’s and we’re going to sing her songs. I have very vivid memories of her. She spoke very softly… she had a softness in her mind. As a child I knew she was important, but it wasn’t until I grew up that I realized the important role she had played in our history when she sat on a seat on that bus “Boswell told Deadline.