With September just around the corner we're now one month closer to one of the West End's most exciting openings of 2016. The long awaited West End premiere of Dreamgirls takes place at the Savoy Theatre on 13 December 2016 with previews from 19 November and will be the first London production of the show in its thirty-five year history.
Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls comes to the Savoy Theatre in November, 2016.
The production features music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen and is based upon the rise of music acts such as 'The Supremes' and 'The Shirelles'. It follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who go on to become music superstars.
The West End production is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw, whose work in the West End includes the transfers of 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Aladdin'.
The score features Broadway standards such as "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going", "I Am Changing","Listen" and "One Night Only".
This much-anticipated new production will star Amber Riley (Glee) as Effie White, alongside Tyrone Huntley as C.C White, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy, Nicholas Bailey as Marty, Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jnr, Liisi LaFontaine as Deena, Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.
Unless otherwise notified, Amber Riley will play the role of Effie for 7 out of 8 performances per week. Her alternates Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will rotate performances on Wednesday evenings playing the role for one performance per week between them.
The full cast will also include Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.
Dreamgirls originally premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 20 December 1981 and closed on 11 August 1985, after 1,521 performances. The London production will mark the show's West End premiere, and is reported to also include new music specifically written for the new production.
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Dreamgirls is set in 1960’s America and tells the semi-autobiographical tale of a girl group from Chicago called “The Dreams”. As they attempt to make it in the music industry, they meet former used car salesman Curtis Taylor who becomes their manager and helps create initial success. As the group continue to build on their success within the highly competitive industry, tensions build as Curtis attempts to replace lead singer Effie with her best friend. Whilst the creators of the show have denied links to The Supremes story, there are many parallels between the plot of the musical and the career of Diana Ross.
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It has now been reported that Lily Frazer has been cast as the "fourth" Dreamgirl Michelle Morris in the much-anticipated West End premiere of Dreamgirls which begins previews at London's Savoy Theatre on 19th November 2016, with an official opening on 13 December 2016. Her London stage credits include Les Misérables and In The Heights.
After 35 years the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls is finally making its West End première, in a brand new production directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
Full casting has been announced for the much-anticipated West End premiere of Dreamgirls which begins previews at London's Savoy Theatre on 19th November 2016, with an official opening on 13 December 2016.
Joining the previously announced Amber Riley who will star as Effie White will be Tyrone Huntley as C.C White, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy, Nicholas Bailey as Marty Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jnr, Liisi LaFontaine as Deena and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell.
Director and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw is potentially the hardest working man currently working in musical theatre. Having just opened his latest musical on Broadway, Tuck Everlasting this week at the Broadhurst Theatre, he is currently rehearsing for the London opening of Disney's Aladdin, which sees him once again at the helm in both creative capacities, mounting the show in the West End where it opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15 June 2016.
There is no denying the mutual love-fest between Glee, Broadway and the West End. The popular Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning musical television series has championed a plethora of show tunes during its six seasons on the small screen and a number of members of its cast are no strangers to treading the boards themselves either.