Broadway's Marisha Wallace joins Dreamgirls as Alternate Effie White
Marisha Wallace joins the show as alternative Effie White.
Broadway star Marisha Wallace has officially joined the West End company of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre as a third alternate to the role of Effie White, currently played by Amber Riley. Wallace joins the company alongside Karen Mav and Ruth Brown who are also alternates to Ms Riley, covering the role officially one performance per week as well as covering for sickness.
Marisha makes her West End debut direct from Broadway where she has recently worked with the show's director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw on his productions of Something Rotten! (Eggie White/ Bea understudy), Disney’s Aladdin (Fortune Teller/Attendant/Babkak understudy) and the first national tour of The Book of Mormon. She recently played the role of Effie White at Dallas Theater Center in Texas.
She joins a company which also includes 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.
With 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 musical originally premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 20 December 1981 and closed on 11 August 1985, after 1,521 performances. This new production marks the show's West End debut.
Dreamgirls Tickets are now on sale.