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The West End production extends to May 2017.
Dreamgirls begins preview performances at the Savoy on 19 November, with an official opening on 14 December 2016. It features book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. The London premiere is directed by Casey Nicholaw.
Amber Riley stars as ‘Effie White’ alongside Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson. They are joined by 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. Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate the role of Effie White at performances when Amber Riley is not scheduled to perform.
The full cast will also include Michael Afemaré, 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, Sian Nathaniel-James, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.
"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’ ."
The production will feature set design by Tim Hatley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker and musical supervision by Nick Finlow.
Dreamgirls originally opened on Broadway in 1981 in a production directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. It went on to win six Tony Awards, along with two Grammy awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.’
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