Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre
Audiences have a lot of options when it comes to brand new shows in the West End in 2016, with Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, The Go-Between and Aladdin just some of the anticipated productions joining us as the year goes on.
Now, however, we have Dreamgirls to add to that list. The Broadway musical is set to appear at the Savoy Theatre from November and it will see Glee star Amber Riley take on the role of Effie White. Working under the direction of Casey Nicholaw, she will follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Hudson, who appeared in the film version of the show in 2006, and Jennifer Holiday, who played the part in the original 1981 Broadway production.
The show takes us back to the 1960s and is a celebration of the R&B scene as we follow The Dreams, an all-girl act from Chicago that faces the ups and downs of the music industry of the era as they become huge stars. The book was penned by Tom Eyen.
Along the way we hear some popular musical numbers as well, with music by Henry Krieger, including On Night Only, And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going and Got To Be Good Times, plus various others.
Performer Amber Riley appears in the UK premiere of the show and offers an instantly recognisable face and voice for London theatregoers not only for her appearances in the television series Glee but also because of her participation in the US series Dancing With The Stars. Those that have seen stage shows on the other side of the Atlantic might have also seen her in numerous productions over there.
“I am so honoured and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman (producer) and Casey Nicholaw”, she said. “Working on the West End is now a dream realised, I just feel like this is going to be something special!”
Dreamgirls appears at the West End’s Savoy Theatre from November 2016, so look out for more news to emerge in the months ahead.
image credit: Blair Caldwell