Big news in the DREAMGIRLS world tonight! The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye just revealed the news that GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will play ‘Effie’ when the musical makes its UK debut at London’s Savoy Theatre this winter. Tickets will go on sale this spring.
Beginning previews in November, Riley, who performed the signature tunes “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing” from DREAMGIRLS while playing ‘Mercedes Jones’ on FOX’s GLEE, will make her West End debut. The actress also recently knocked viewers’ socks off with her portrayal of ‘Addapearle’ in NBC’s THE WIZ LIVE!
Amber Riley and Ricki Lake are about to go Crazy.
The two will guest star in an upcoming episode of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Yahoo TV has learned exclusively. Riley and Lake will play backup singers in a 1960s girl group number; the episode will air later this season.
Riley, of course, knows how to carry a tune: She belted out numbers for six seasons as Glee’s Mercedes Jones, and stole the show as good witch Addaperle in December’s The Wiz Live. And though Lake is best known for her ‘90s talk show, she’s been singing since childhood and recorded a song for the Hairspray soundtrack in 2007. So they’re both more than qualified to lend some backing vocals to Rebecca Bunch’s wild delusions.
Meanwhile, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is on a hot streak right now, coming off big wins at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards for lead actress Rachel Bloom. (The CW ordered five additional episodes back in November.) And with big casting wins like this, we expect the accolades to keep rolling in.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns with new episodes Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. on The CW.