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Lily Frazer added to West End cast of Dreamgirls
Lily Frazer will play Michelle Morris - the "fourth" Dreamgirl in the musical...
It has now been reported that Lily Frazer has been cast as the "fourth" Dreamgirl Michelle Morris in the much-anticipated West End premiere of Dreamgirls which begins previews at London's Savoy Theatre on 19th November 2016, with an official opening on 13 December 2016. Her London stage credits include Les Misérables and In The Heights.
Ms Frazer will join the previously announced Amber Riley who will star as Effie White, 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 and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell.
Riley will play the role of Effie for 7 performances a week, alongside her alternates Ruth Brown and Karen Mav, who will rotate performances on Wednesday evenings playing the role for one performance per week between them.
The full cast will also include 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.
The production features music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen and 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 will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw.
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 will mark the show's West End premiere, and is reported to also include new music specifically written for the new production.
Dreamgirls Tickets are now on sale.