Set in 1960’s Chicago, Dreamgirls follows three girls as they battle to become stars. When The Dreamettes trio earn their big break at an amateur singing competition they shoot to fame, but quickly discover the difficulty of show business, as Effie is side-lined by the group’s manager Curtis Taylor. Taylor places the more appealing Deena as the leading lady of what would soon become “The Dreams”, much to Effie’s dismay. Inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes, the musical features Motown classics such as “Family”, “I Am Changing”, “One Night Only” and “And I Am Telling You”.
Amber Riley stars as Effie White, beginning her career in Glee and going on to win Dancing with the Stars, as well as appearing in the live remake of The Wiz. Alternates for the role include Broadway star Marisha Wallace as well as Karen Mav (The X Factor), who will play the role every Wednesday evening. Broaodway's Asmeret Ghebremichael and Liisi LaFontaine (Rent) complete The Dreams as Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones.
Further casting includes Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders) as Marty, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid (In the Heights) as Curtis Taylor Jr. Additional casting 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.
Dreamgirls includes an award-winning book and score by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger. Playing at London’s Savoy Theatre since November, Dreamgirls is the five-star, hugely entertaining hit musical, including a large amount of the show’s original choreography as well as recognisable, smash-hit songs.
Amber Riley will play the role of Effie for 7 out of 8 performances per week. She will not perform on Wednesday evenings until Wednesday 1st February 2017.
From Monday 6th February 2017 Ms Riley will be scheduled to not perform on Monday evenings and performing both shows on Wednesdays.
Currently the alternate will perform on Wednesday evenings.
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.