Nicholas Bailey and Tyrone Huntley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre
The last time that Dreamgirls was in the headlines was around this time last month when Ruth Brown and Karen May were revealed as alternate Effie Whites in the production (for the one day a week Amber Riley doesn’t play the part).
Now the anticipated musical lands in the spotlight once again with its latest casting announcement, this time concerning the show’s other roles.
Tyrone Huntley and Nicholas Bailey are amongst those announced, playing the roles of C. C. White and Marty alongside Adam J Bernard as Jimmy Early, Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr, Ibinabo Jack as Lorell Robinson and Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones.
Dreamgirls is, of course, a story that takes us back to the 1960s and introduces us to an array of characters and their relationship with the contemporary R&B scene. The Dreams are the band at the centre of it all and we follow the Chicago girl group as they navigate their way through the tough music industry, with all of the highs and lows that it encompasses. Musical numbers along the way include One Night Only, as well as And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, amongst others.
So Tyrone Huntley will be one of those singing such songs. The performer is no stranger to the West End and other London theatres, having appeared in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Porgy & Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
And with the cast shaping up, audiences aren’t the only ones excited, with producer Sonia Friedman commenting “It was wonderful to announce our star Amber Riley a few weeks ago. Now, having seen more than 1000 performers audition over many months, I am thrilled that we can reveal most of our Dreamgirls company.
“It is 35 years since its Broadway premiere, so to finally be the ones to bring it to London with our world-class creative team and incredibly talented, exciting young cast is an honour and privilege. I believe we now have the perfect team to create a sensational production that I hope will be well worth the wait.”
In addition to those mentioned, the 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.
Dreamgirls opens at the Savoy Theatre later this year.