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Amber Riley to leave Dreamgirls in November + new West End cast announced
Amber Riley made her West End debut in the musical last November, and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Effie White. When she leaves the show next month, the role will be shared by Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela, and Karen Mav.
Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell Robinson) and Joe Aaron Reid (Curtis Taylor Jnr.) will continue in their respective roles, and will be joined by Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris.
The show has also announced that it has extended its run at the Savoy Theatre until 2nd June 2018.
Moya Angela played the role of Effie White in the US touring production of Dreamgirls, and has also appeared in The Lion King and the Broadway run of Ghost the Musical. She was also a quarterfinalist in last year’s series of America’s Got Talent.
Karen Mav made her professional stage debut in the London production of Dreamgirls last year, and established Broadway actress Marisha Wallace joined the West End cast earlier this year after playing the role of Effie in the Dallas Theater Center production.
The full cast of Dreamgirls also includes Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards and Joshua Robinson.
Producer of the show Sonia Friedman said: “Effie White is arguably the biggest sing in musical theatre history, which is why we have cast three extraordinary vocalists to play this iconic role.
"London theatregoers are extremely lucky and privileged to have the chance to witness their rare and awe inspiring talents."
Dreamgirls Tickets are available now.