Hit musical Dreamgirls is coming to Manchester on its first UK-wide tour

World-famous musical Dreamgirls is heading out on a tour of the UK, and will be stopping off at Manchester next September.

This is the first time the hit show is set to tour the country.

The multi award-winning production – which was also notably adapted into a film starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in 2006 – follows the lives of three young singers, Effie, Lorrell and Deena, as they navigate the turbulence of the 1960s and the cut-throat world of fame, fortune and show business.

Dreamgirls was originally set to tour the UK back in 2020, but all dates understandably had to be postponed and rearranged due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The tour has now been confirmed for 2021-2023, starting in Liverpool this December and arriving at Manchester’s Palace Theatre between Wednesday 13th September and Saturday 24th September 2022.

Dreamgirls made its West End premiere in 2016 at the Savoy Theatre, 35 years after opening on Broadway, and has since gone on to win six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards.

Nicole Raquel Dennis – a stage veteran and a finalist on ITV’s The Voice – will play the role of Effie White.

She is also set to star in productions of Waitress, The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansen.

At present, dates for the Dreamgirls UK tour are subject to the government guidance for indoor performances, with the Palace Theatre and Opera House Theatre in Manchester yesterday publishing a joint statement on reopening dates saying: “As we continue to plan for our theatre reopening, we are today suspending performances to Saturday 26th June.

“This announcement puts us on a path towards opening our doors to you all.

“Our team is coming back to work in our theatre and this additional period also gives our producer partners the time to prepare their amazing productions.

“If this affects your booking, you don’t need to do anything, and we will email you soon. We’ve rescheduled so many incredible productions and will continue to find new dates for these shows. If your performance is rescheduled your tickets and seats will be automatically transferred.

“We are so close to our first standing ovation and we cannot wait to share the moment with you all”.

The Dreamgirls UK tour will be at the Palace Theatre Manchester from 13th – 24th September 2022, and tickets will on sale at 10am next Tuesday 27th April.

You can grab yours here.

Featured Image – Dreamgirls UK / Aaron Crockett

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