Dreamgirls, which opened in December 2016 at the Savoy Theatre, will give its final performance on Saturday 12 January 2019, completing a run of more than two years. Details for a forthcoming UK tour will be announced in due course.
Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with set design by Tim Hatley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker and hair design by Josh Marquette. The musical supervisor is Nick Finlow, the orchestrator is Harold Wheeler, with additional material by Willie Reale.
Amber Riley, famous for her role in the US TV series Glee, originally starred as Effie White when the production first opened, alongside Liisi Lafontaine as Deena and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell. The current cast has featured Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela and Karen Mav sharing the iconic role of Effie White, with Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell Robinson and Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones.
With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett 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 Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.