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Glee star Amber Riley to star in West End’s Dreamgirls

STARRING ROLE: Amber Riley [PIC CREDIT: Blair Caldwell]

GLEE STAR Amber Riley will make her West End debut in the stage production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, it has been announced.

The 29-year-old will take on the role of Effie White, made famous by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

“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,” the US actress said of her casting.

Riley is best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on the Golden Globe Award winning musical comedy, Glee.

Additional television appearances include playing Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North in the NBC live performance of the musical, The Wiz and competing in Dancing with the Stars, which she won in 2013.

Her numerous theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods and Mystery on the Docks with the Los Angeles Opera.

“I'm so excited about working with Amber,” said Dreamgirls director Casey Nicolaw. “I loved her on Glee and when her name came up for this, I thought - Wow, I think she could be incredible - and then when she came in to audition for us, she blew us away!”

Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, the film adaptation of Dreamgirls stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, and also features Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.

The story charts 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 and features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, I Am Changing and One Night Only.

With a production cost of $80 million, Dreamgirls is the most expensive film to feature an all African American starring cast in American cinema history.

The stage production will open at the Savoy Theatre with performances from November 2016.

Tickets will go on sale this spring with further dates, casting and creative team to be announced soon.

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