Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud to direct new musical THE DRIFTERS GIRL this fall
Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud will play The Drifters in an all-new musical also starring Beverley Knight, which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and the woman who created them.
The Drifters Girl will begin performances in Newcastle on Saturday 9 October 2021, through Saturday 23 October. Performances at the Garrick Theater in London begin Thursday, November 4, 2021 (Press Night: Thursday, November 25, 2021).
The Drifters Girl brings together a brilliant collection of performers to play the iconic group. Adam J Bernard exploded into the West End spotlight when he created the role of Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Early in Dreamgirls, for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Tarinn Callender is behind the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the West End production of international musical phenomenon Hamilton. His other credits include the Olivier Award winning production of Come From Away.
Award-winning actor, singer, songwriter and artist Matt Henry won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots, for which he also received a Grammy nomination for recording of distribution in London.
As a finalist on the BBC’s The Voice, Matt’s performance of Ray Lamontagne’s “Trouble” garnered more than four million views on YouTube and the original “Trouble” returned to the UK charts that week, testifying to of Matt’s performance.
Tosh Wanogho-Maud played Jimmy in the Dreamgirls musical from the West End. His other West End credits include Show Boat, The Book of Mormon, and playing the role of Simba in The Lion King.
Beverley Knight will play Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to make Atlantic Records’ most prominent vocal group a global phenomenon.
From hit record highs and sold-out tours to the depths of legal battles and personal tragedies, The Drifters Girl traces the pioneering efforts of the world’s first African-American woman music director and how she refused to give up the group she loved. . Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was, and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
With an incredible soundtrack of 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 Films and many more, The Drifters Girl will star for just 15 performances in Newcastle before moving to London for a limited 20-week season.
Beverley Knight is the queen of British soul. She enjoyed several Top 10 albums, including the platinum record Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. His most recent solo album Soulsville was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She received an MBE from the Queen in 2007 for service to British music and charity, won three MOBO Awards and was nominated for Best Woman. at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
Beverley has also made several highly acclaimed performances in the West End. Her London debut was in the starring role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014, she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her much-loved role as Felicia Farrell in the series. hit Memphis The Musical. , and in 2015, she played the iconic role of Grizabella in Cats at The London Palladium. In 2018, she starred as Emmeline Pankhurst in the new funk and hip hop musical Sylvia at The Old Vic, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the inaugural Black British Theater Awards.
The Drifters Girl, with a book by Ed Curtis, based on an idea by Tina Treadwell, and which is 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, orchestration and musical supervision by Chris Egan, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall and video design by Andrzej Goulding. The associate director is Tyrone Huntley and the associate choreographer is Myles Brown with the cast of Stuart Burt and the children’s cast of Jo Hawes.
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