NBC’s 'Sound of Music Live' event was a huge success for the network in 2013. However, the following fall’s production of 'Peter Pan Live' failed to take flight, leaving the future of live musical TV events hanging by a thread. Enter 2015’s production of The Wiz Live. The retelling of the Wizard of Oz, got NBC back on it golden road to success. Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how 'The Wiz' lead them to diversify future productions, including this fall’s production of 'Hairspray.'
It was recently announced that former Glee star Amber Riley will heading to London’s West End for the first UK prodcution of 'Dreamgirls.' Riley will be stepping into the role of Effie, which was made famous in 1981 by Jennifer Holiday in the original Broadway production and played on the screen by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film of the same name.This is a role that Riley knows well having performed Effie’s signature number, “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” on 'Glee.' Meanwhile, NBC’s production of 'The Wiz Live,' which featured Riley as Addaperle The Good Witch Of The North, has won two NAACP Image Awards.
Amber Riley ('Glee', NBC’s 'The Wiz Live') coming to London West End to lead an all new production of 'Dreamgirls.' The highly acclaimed 1981 musical is turning 35 this year and is heading across the pond to celebrate. Riley will play the Effie the role originated Jennifer Holiday in the original Broadway production and played on the screen by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film of the same name. by The show will be directed by 'Book of Mormon' West End Director Casey Nicholaw.