Dreamgirls – Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the cast

Asmeret GhebremichaelWest End and Broadway actress Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed UK premiere run of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre.

Best-known for her performances in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and in the West End, the American actress and singer takes over the role of Lorrell Robinson after Ibinabo Jack was forced to withdraw from the show due to health reasons.

Joining the show which has been nominated for five Olivier awards, Ghebremichael completes ‘The Dreams’ girl group line-up of former Glee star Amber Riley as Effie White (with Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav alternating the demanding role) and Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones. The leading cast is completed by Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White, Nicholas Bailey as Marty and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.

The cast also includes: Michael Afemaré, Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashlee Irish, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Siân Nathaniel-James, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin) 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.

The highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of Dreamgirls, will be released on Sony Masterworks Broadway in April and is available to pre-order now via Amazon.

With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, which was directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, opened in 1981 and won six Tonys.

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 film starring Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, and featured a career-making and Oscar winning performance from UK Voice coach, Jennifer Hudson.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Dreamgirls are available HERE.

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