Amber Riley Will Depart London Dreamgirls; 3 Actors Will Share Role of Effie White

London News   Amber Riley Will Depart London Dreamgirls; 3 Actors Will Share Role of Effie White
 
Glee star Riley won an Olivier Award for her performance.
Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace, and Karen Mav
Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace, and Karen Mav
Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Credit Brinkhoff_Mögenburg.jpg
Amber Riley Brinkhoff Mögenburg

Sonia Friedman Productions announced that the U.K. premiere of Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger’s Dreamgirls, which opened in December 2016 at the Savoy Theatre starring Glee's Amber Riley as Effie White, has extended its booking through June 2, 2018.

The award-winning production has also revealed that Riley, who won an Olivier Award for her work, will play her final performance November 18.

Beginning November 20, Moya Angela will join Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav to play Effie. The three actors will share the role at different performances throughout the week.

Wallace joined the London cast of Dreamgirls earlier this year. On Broadway she originated roles in Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten! and toured the U.S. in The Book of Mormon.

Angela received great acclaim playing Effie White in the North American tour of Dreamgirls; she also toured with Disney’s The Lion King and was part of the original Broadway casts of Ghost the Musical and In Transit.

Mav made her professional debut last year in this production. She made a name for herself on ITV’s The X Factor.

Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reid continuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Joining them will be Broadway's Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty, and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris.

The cast also includes Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, and Joshua Robinson.

Producer Friedman said in a statement, “The thrill of Dreamgirls is to experience the brilliance of the human voice. Effie White is arguably the biggest sing in musical theatre history, which is why we have cast three extraordinary vocalists to play this iconic role. Audiences experience goosebumps and tingles when they hear the fantastic songs in this show, sung by the very greatest singers on this planet, and each of these three actresses put goosebumps on top of goosebumps—London theatregoers are extremely lucky and privileged to have the chance to witness their rare and awe inspiring talents.”

The original London cast recording is available via Sony Masterworks Broadway.

Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed.

For more information visit Dreamgirlswestend.com.

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