The brand new production begins preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November with opening night on Wednesday 14 December 2016.
American actress and singer, Amber Riley, will make her West End debut playing soulful singer ‘Effie White’ in the production, which will be directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winningCasey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!).
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, I Am Changing, Listen and One Night Only.
The original Broadway production of Dreamgirls opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards®. The original cast recording won two Grammy awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. In 2006 it was adapted into an Oscar winning motion picture starring Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.
Tickets go on general sale at 12 noon this Friday (1 April) and are available at www.dreamgirlswestend.com