Full cast for the first UK tour of multi-award winning musical Dreamgirls has been announced. The show opens at Liverpool Empire Theatre this December before visiting venues throughout 2022 and 2023.
Joining the previously announced Nicole Raquel Dennis (The Voice UK, Dear Evan Hansen) as Effie White is soul, gospel and blues artist Sharlene Hector, who performs the role at certain performances, Natalie Kassanga (Motown: The Musical) as Deena Jones, Paige Peddie (The Lion King UK tour) as Lorrell Robinson, Dom Hartley-Harris (Bat Out of Hell the Musical) as Curtis Taylor Jr., Brandon Lee Sears (Come From Away) as Jimmy Early, Shem Omari James (Songs for a New World) as C.C. White, Jo Servi (Sunny Afternoon) as Marty and Brianna Ogunbawo (The Book of Mormon) as Michelle Morris.
Full company includes Shonah Buwu, Harvey Ebbage, Olivia Foster-Browne, Kellianna Jay, Ryan Kayode, Holly Liburd, Ross Meagrow, Samuel Nicholas, Nicole Nyarambi, Ilana Richardson and Josh Singleton.
Dreamgirls features classic songs including “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “Listen”, “One Night Only” and many more. This production originally premiered in the West End at the Savoy Theatre, in 2016.
Meet the Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.
Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!).
The creative team features set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker, hair design by Josh Marquette, music supervision by Nick Finlow and casting by Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting CDG. Associate director is Alison Pollard, associate choreographer is Sean Parkins and the resident director is Ricardo Coke-Thomas.
The musical has a book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, with additional material by Willie Reale.
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