‘Dreamgirls’ Musical Revived With Amber Riley

Published: Friday 5th Feb 2016 by Sam

A decade after ‘Dreamgirls’ dominated at the box office, the legendary musical is heading back to the stage…this time with ‘Glee’ star Amber Riley.

The show, which first debuted in 1981 (and won six Tony Awards), is being given new life in London’s West End.

Full story below…

Riley has signed on to play soul singer Effie White in the production, which is inspired by the rise of 1960s R&B acts such as The Supremes. The role launched the mainstream careers of both Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson.


Speaking on nabbing the part, Riley gushed:

“I am so honoured and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw. Working on the West End is now a dream realised, I just feel like this is going to be something special.”

‘Dreamgirls’ narrates the story of a female trio, from Chicago, Illinois, named The Dreams and features the original songs ‘And I Am Telling You’ and ‘I Am Changing.’

Of signing Riley, the show’s producer Sonia Friedman said in a statement:

“Having met Amber and having had the privilege of hearing her sing two of the iconic songs from Dreamgirls… I was left with goosebumps, tingles and tears; I was completely knocked out by this talented performer. London is very lucky to be the first to see her Effie.” {Source}


Well slay then Ms. Riley!

There are so many ways to “win” these days and this is quite the touchdown. The West End, like Broadway, is where talent is validated, as such it’s an incredible look.

Watch Amber’s coincidental preview performance of ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ below….

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  1. Barb-wire February 5, 2016

    Who??? Bye!

    • BIGGES AALIYAHFAN February 5, 2016

      F***!!!! You!!!!

  2. .:: Centurion ::. February 5, 2016

    Oh so no Beybøla? I guess she aint getting that EGOT she’s been wishing for and sucking Hollywood cøcks for for the past 15 years since her first straight-to-DVD film Carmen: A Hip Hopera. 😆

  3. karen February 5, 2016

    Beyonce will never be a EGOT winner. For y’all that don’t know what that means Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony winner. Jennifer Hudson is closer. She is gonna win that Tony in June!!!

  4. NOBITCHASSNESS February 5, 2016

    YES! She definitely deserves this and needs the overseas attention.

  5. Mary February 5, 2016

    Frank Gatson should Direct and choreograph it like Michael Bennet and Michael Peters did… He has live that story for sure with Envogue and Destiny Child.. I heard he was up for the movie but they gave it to Fatima Robinson.. Also I heard he saw the original version 30 times on Broadway with Sherly Lee Ralph and Jennifer Holiday.. HE WOULD KILL IT..

  6. Mary February 5, 2016

    Just read more Frank Gatson will have to do the Michael Peters part since Casey Nicholaw is directing already.. I think Michael Bennett and Michael Peter co-Choregrapahed it. so Casey Nicholaw and Frank Gatson can co-choreograph..

    He Knows it inside and out..

  7. yesterday was Aaliyah 37birthday to the good music February 6, 2016


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