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Dreamgirls cancels shows due to cast illness

Amber Riley as Effie in Dreamgirls. Photo: Blair Caldwell
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Both the matinee and evening performances of Dreamgirls have been cancelled today due to multiple cast illnesses.

The musical is currently in previews at the Savoy in the West End.

The lead role of Effie White was due to be performed tonight (December 7) by understudy Karen Mav in place of Amber Riley, who is scheduled to not perform on Wednesdays.

Riley also did not perform yesterday (December 6) for scheduling reasons, producers said.

A statement from the show confirmed that both the 2.30pm and 7.30pm performances on December 7 would not take place at all, despite producers investigating “all available options to try to proceed”.

“The number of cast members unavailable due to illness mean that circumstances lie outside of the producers control so the unfortunate decision to cancel both performances has been taken,” the statement said.

Audience members with tickets for the cancelled performances will receive a full refund and are being advised to contact their point of sale.

Dreamgirls officially opens on December 14, and is currently booking until May 2017.

Producers include Sonia Friedman Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions and Playground Entertainment.