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Dreamgirls musical tour cast to be led by Nicole Raquel Dennis

The tour is planning to kick off in September

Nicole Raquel Dennis
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Dreamgirls tour.

The hit musical, which had its West End premiere in December 2016, follows The Dreams, a group of young singers living in the 1960s and trying to find fame and fortune. It has book by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, with additional material by Willie Reale.

Taking on the role of Effie White will be Nicole Raquel Dennis, who is currently in the original West End cast of Dear Evan Hansen, and has previously appeared on ITV's The Voice.

The production has direction by Casey Nicholaw 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. It was nominated for five WhatsOnStage Awards, winning one, and six Tony Awards, winning two.

Watch Dennis sing "I Am Changing" here

The tour will commence at Bristol HIppodrome on 12 September 2020 before dates at Milton Keynes Theatre (6 to 17 October), Blackpool Winter Gardens (27 October to 7 November), Her Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen (10 to 21 November), Edinburgh Playhouse (24 November to 5 December) and Birmingham Alexandra Theatre (8 December to 2 January 2021).

It will then go on to visit Sunderland (12 to 23 January), Hull (26 January to 6 February), Nottingham (9 to 20 February), Liverpool (23 February to 6 March), Norwich (16 to 27 March), Canterbury (30 March to 10 April) and Leeds (13 April to 1 May).

When the show first opened in the West End, WhatsOnStage critic Sarah Crompton awarded it four stars, saying it was: "a joy-filled corrective, full of panache and passion."

Further casting is to be announced.