It's been a fantastic first year for the debut West End production of DREAMGIRLS and the winning streak is set to continue with the announcement that the show celebrates its first birthday by extending into June 2018. Not only that, but they're welcoming a new Effie to the cast along with a host of other StageFaves...
Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce that the UK premiere of DREAMGIRLS, which opened last December at the Savoy Theatre to widespread critical acclaim, will extend booking through to 2nd June 2018.
From 20th November 2017, Moya Angela will join Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav to play the iconic role of Effie White in DREAMGIRLS. The three power-house actresses will all share the role at different performances throughout the week. Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reidcontinuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Joining them will be Broadway actress 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.
Established star of Broadway Marisha Wallace joined the London cast of DREAMGIRLS earlier this year having received rave reviews in the role of Effie White in the Dallas Theater Center production. On Broadway, she has originated roles in Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten! and toured the US in The Book of Mormon.
Electric vocalist Moya Angela has been a respected musical theatre actress in the US for many years, receiving great acclaim playing Effie White in the North American revival tour of Dreamgirls, touring with Disney’s The Lion King and being part of the original Broadway casts of Ghost the Musical and most recently In Transit. She wowed judges and audiences when she auditioned for the 2016 series of America’s Got Talent, reaching the quarterfinal stages.
Karen Mav has been thrilling audiences in Dreamgirls since making her professional stage debut in the production last year. She quickly made a name for herself on ITVs The X Factor, successfully making it through to the notorious Six Chair Challenge before going on to release an original Christmas single in 2015.
Producer Sonia Friedman says: “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 cast of Dreamgirls will also include 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.