American Marisha Wallace is conquering London. She's won us over in DREAMGIRLS and at West End Live and other events since she became Amber Riley's alternate last year. Now, as she takes over the role of Effie White full time, Wallace also this week releases her debut album and announces two concerts at the Charing Cross Theatre in the lead-up to Christmas... Plus, we're giving away tickets and albums!
Broadway and West End star Marisha Wallace, who takes over full time from Amber Riley to star as Effie White in DREAMGIRLS from tonight (20 November 2017), releases her debut album SOUL HOLIDAY this Friday 24 November 2017. To celebrate the release of the album, Wallace will also performs songs from the album at two intimate concerts at London's Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 3 December at 5pm and 8pm, produced by Danielle Tarento.
What do you get when you combine a soul singing West End Star with your favourite Christmas classics? You get SOUL HOLIDAY.
On SOUL HOLIDAY, you'll hear Marisha's unique, soul-drenched take on Do You Hear What I Hear? and I’ll Be Home For Christmas, plus Joyful Joyful from the movie Sister Act 2 and lots more. At the Charing Cross concerts, there will also be a special guest or two dropping in to join the party.
Commenting on her new release, Wallace says:
“My memories of Christmas live in the music that I listened to while making Christmas dinner with my Grandma Mary. The songs that rang through the house while we unwrapped gifts and prayed together over the food. I wanted to create an album that had all the fixings of a Christmas dinner but with a healthy helping of soul. A Christmas album that you would want to listen to even if it wasn’t Christmas. In a world that is in much need of some joy, let’s start with the soul."
Marisha Wallace made her West End debut as Amber Riley's alternate in Dreamgirls, now entering its second year at the Savoy Theatre. In London, she also played Celie in The Color Purple in Concert at Cadogan Hall, while her many North American stage credits include Something Rotten!, Disney's Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Sistas!, Oklahoma!, Rent and Hair.