Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, the UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls opened at the Savoy Theatre in November 2016 to critical and audience acclaim.
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 marks the show's West End premiere, and includes new music specifically written for the new production.
Featuring music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls 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 is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw, whose work in the West End includes the transfers of 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Aladdin'. With dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and an incredibly powerful cast, Dreamgirls is one show that sets the West End alight with its energy and charm.
The score features Broadway standards such as "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going", "I Am Changing","Listen" and "One Night Only" all delivered by an incredible band of musicians and a fearless company of performers.
This much-anticipated new production of Dreamgirls stars Amber Riley (of 'Glee' and 'Let it Shine' fame) 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, Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.
The full cast also includes 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.
Amber Riley is scheduled to appear in Dreamgirls until 18th November. From 20th November, the role of Effie White will be shared by Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela, and Karen Mav.
Dreamgirls tickets, playing at The Savoy Theatre, London are now on sale.
Amber Riley's performance schedule
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). Amber Riley is currently scheduled to play the role of Effie White for 5 out of 8 performances per week. One of the alternates will perform on 3 out of 8 performances per week, currently scheduled for Monday evenings, Wednesday matinees and Saturday matinees. This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.
Amber Riley is scheduled to perform in Dreamgirls until Saturday 18 November 2017.