A host of stars have been announced joining Beverley Knight in new musical The Drifters Girl in the West End.
Olivier Award-winner Adam J Bernard (Dreamgirls), Tarinn Callender (Hamilton, Come From Away), Olivier Award-winner Matt Henry (Kinky Boots) and Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Dreamgirls, The Lion King) are set to play The Drifters in this musical that tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and the woman who made them.
The production will begin performances in Newcastle on Saturday 9 October, before commencing performances at London’s Garrick Theatre from Thursday 4 November.
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight will star as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.
From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, this musical charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved.
With an incredible soundtrack, The Drifters Girl features some of the most famous songs in history, including “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “Under the Boardwalk”, “Kissin in the Back Row of the Movies”, “Stand By Me”, “Come On Over to My Place”, “Saturday Night at the Movies” and many more.
The Drifters Girl features a book by Ed Curtis and is based on an idea by Tina Treadwell, and co-created by Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud will be directed by Jonathan Church, with set design by Anthony Ward, choreography by Karen Bruce, costume design by Fay Fullerton, orchestrations and musical supervision by Chris Egan lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall and video design by Andrzej Goulding.
Associate Director is Tyrone Huntley and associate choreographer is Myles Brown with casting by Stuart Burt and children’s casting by Jo Hawes.
The production is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
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