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Ibinabo Jack withdraws from the production due to health reasons
Producers of the Olivier Award-nominated production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre have today confirmed that Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the West End company, taking over the role of Lorrell Robinson from Ibinabo Jack who has had to withdraw from the production due to health reasons.
All three main roles are now played by American performers in this UK premiere of the 1981 musical, which features book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger.
Ghebremichael joins Amber Riley as Effie White with Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav alternating the role, and Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones. She is best known for her performances in The Book of Mormon (West End and Broadway), Legally Blonde, Elf The Musical, Spamalot and Wicked (Broadway).
The cast also includes Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White, Nicholas Bailey as Marty and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.
The London production of Dreamgirls originally opened in the West End on 14 December 2016, following previews from 19 November.
Directed and Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw it features designs by Tim Hatley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Richard Brooker.
"Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’ ."
Dreamgirls tickets are currently on sale to 21 October 2017.