She wowed us in Glee and went on to win Dancing With The Stars. And theatre audiences were delighted when it was announced that Amber Riley would be taking the powerhouse role of Effie White in the upcoming London production of Dreamgirls.
The actress appeared on Graham Norton last night for an exclusive performance of the musical’s show-stopping number, And I Am Telling You, and NAILED it. She had previously sang the song on Glee but this was the first time since announcing her role in Dreamgirls – it was literally hold-your-breath-until-she’s-finished stuff. She also joined Danny Devito, Ewan McGregor, John Bishop, Sam Neill and Miranda Hart on the chat show host’s sofa.
The musical, which has never been staged in the West End before, opens at the Savoy Theatre November 19 and is booking until March 2017. It tells the fictional story of ’60s girl group The Dreams and their rise to stardom. Effie is Riley’s first theatre role, where she will star alongside Liisi Lafontaine as Deena Jones and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson.
Watch the performance below: