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Nicole Raquel Dennis to star in the UK tour of Dreamgirls

Nicole Dennis. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

NICOLE Raquel Dennis will play the role of Effie White at certain performances in the first ever UK tour of Dreamgirls. Further casting will be announced soon.

A finalist on ITV’s The Voice in 2019, Dennis wowed viewers and judges at her blind audition, performing Dreamgirls mega-hit And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going alongside team mentor Jennifer Hudson.

Hudson won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for her portrayal of Effie White in the 2006 Oscar-winning motion picture adaptation of Dreamgirls, which also starred Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.

As well as continuing in the role of Alana Beck in the original West End company of Dear Evan Hansen (Nöel Coward Theatre), Dennis’ other West End credits include The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Waitress (Adelphi Theatre) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Nicole Raquel Dennis said: “I am so thrilled that I can finally speak about something I’ve been holding onto for the LONGEST time! I will be playing Effie White in the first ever UK tour of Dreamgirls.

“Also, I cannot wait to be back with my Dear Evan Hansen Fam on the stage at the Noel Coward once theatres reopen and so thrilled that following that, I will be going on tour in this mammoth role!

“Effie has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and now I will get to share her with audiences around the UK. To say I’m excited is an understatement.”

Producer, Sonia Friedman said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that having wowed viewers on ITV’s The Voice, as well as audiences in the West End, the incredibly gifted Nicole Dennis will be re-joining the Dreamgirls family to play Effie White on tour throughout the UK.

“The multi-award winning Broadway classic Dreamgirls is an empowering and hugely entertaining story of hope, redemption, sisterhood, and resillience with an uplifting, and extraordinary score of now-classic hit songs from the golden era of American soul, R&B, and disco. It is a shining example of the best of American musical theatre, and the escapism that we will all need soon.”

This award-winning production is directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony-Award winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker, hair design by Josh Marquette and music supervision by Nick Finlow.

Dreamgirls had its critically acclaimed West End premiere in December 2016 at the Savoy Theatre, 35 years on from opening on Broadway. The UK tour will begin this autumn and visit Bristol (September 12 – October 3, 2020), Milton Keynes, Blackpool, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, Hull, Nottingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury and Leeds (April 13 – May 1, 2021), with further venues and dates to be announced.

Image: Nicole Raquel Dennis. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.