See Who Will Standby for Amber Riley in London Dreamgirls

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Amber Riley will play Effie White seven performances a week, with the eighth undertaken by Ruth Brown and Karen Mav.
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The previously announced Amber Riley is to play seven performances a week as Effie White in the new London production of Dreamgirls, with the eighth (on Wednesday evenings) being undertaken by Ruth Brown and Karen Mav in rotation.

The production begins performances November 19 prior to an official opening December 14 (when Riley will appear, even though it is a Wednesday).

Ruth Brown found fame in the first series of BBC’s The Voice, reaching the semifinals under the mentorship of Sir Tom Jones. She has since gone on to release her first U.K. single P.O.P. and is soon to debut her new album, Letters of Truth.

Karen Mav was recently a contestant on the 2015 series of ITV’s The X Factor.

In a press statement, producer Sonia Friedman commented, "This is fantastic news for the production. Casting Amber Riley is of course thrilling as she is the most extraordinary talent to star in our show, but now to be able to announce that Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will be joining the show, to cover Amber and share performances on the night that Amber will not be on is just fantastic.”

Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighitng design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker and hair design by Josh Marquette. The musical supervisor will be Nick Finlow, with orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and additional material by Willie Reale.

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