Ibinabo Jack and Liisi LaFontaine will join Glee star Amber Riley as The Dreams, the girl group at the heart of hit musical Dreamgirls, which opens in London later this year.
Jack, who previously appeared in London hits Legally Blonde The Musical and The Color Purple, will play Lorrell Robinson, with LaFontaine, a finalist in US vocal game show The Winner Is, as Deena Jones.
West End stars Joe Aaron Reid (In The Heights), Tyrone Huntley (Memphis The Musical) and Adam J Bernard (I Can’t Sing) will also appear in the UK premiere, alongside former EastEnders star Nicholas Bailey.
Speaking about the casting, producer Sonia Friedman said: “It was wonderful to announce our star Amber Riley a few weeks ago. Now, having seen more than 1000 performers audition over many months, I am thrilled that we can reveal most of our Dreamgirls company. It is 35 years since its Broadway premiere, so to finally be the ones to bring it to London with our world-class creative team and incredibly talented, exciting young cast is an honour and privilege. I believe we now have the perfect team to create a sensational production that I hope will be well worth the wait.”
Set at a revolutionary time in American musical history, Dreamgirls charts the trials and tribulations of an aspiring singing trio from Chicago. With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, it features songs including Listen, One Night Only and And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.