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Dreamgirls - full company assembled for the first day of rehearsals

Casting news

ON Monday, October 3, 2016, Sonia Friedman Productions were delighted to assemble the full company for the first day of rehearsals for Dreamgirls, which opens at the Savoy Theatre on December 14, 2016, following preview performances from November 19. To view images of the occasion, click here.

Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Dreamgirls, which runs at the Savoy Theatre from November 19, 2016 to March 11, 2017.

Ibinabo Jack (Legally Blonde The Musical, Savoy Theatre, The Color Purple, Menier Chocolate Factory) as Lorrell Robinson and Liisi LaFontaine (Rent, Dog See God, Skylight Theater) as Deena Jones will join previously announced Amber Riley as Effie White to make up the singing trio, The Dreams.

Joining them will be Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders) as Marty, Adam J. Bernard (Thriller Live!, UK Tour) as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley (The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre) as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid (In The Heights, Kings Cross Theatre) as Curtis Taylor Jr.

They in turn will be joined by Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

As previously announced, Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate the role of Effie White on Wednesday evenings. Read more.

Producer Sonia Friedman said: “It was wonderful to announce our star Amber Riley a few weeks ago. Now, having seen more than 1000 performers audition over many months, I am thrilled that we can reveal most of our Dreamgirls company.

“It is 35 years since its Broadway premiere, so to finally be the ones to bring it to London with our world-class creative team and incredibly talented, exciting young cast is an honour and privilege. I believe we now have the perfect team to create a sensational production that I hope will be well worth the wait.”

Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports audiences to a revolutionary time in American music history; charting 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.

Read more about Dreamgirls.