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British soul superstar and stage icon Beverly Knight returns to the West End stage next Autumn as she stars in the world premiere of The Drifters Girl. This epic new musical celebrates the powerhouse that was Faye Treadwell, who as the world's first African American female music manager launched '50s R&B supergroup The Drifters to international acclaim.
An inspiring tale of passion and determination The Drifters Girl follows Treadwell from the highs of chart-topping records and sell-out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, as she vows to never give up on the band that she loves.
Featuring some of the globe's most iconic songs, "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Stand By Me", "Under The BoardWalk" plus many more, and with Knight starring as the trailblazing Treadwell, The Drifters Girl is one musical event you won't want to miss.
Originally formed as the backing group for Clyde McPhatter The Drifters enjoyed great success for over the course of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. With over 38 albums to their name The Drifters first graced the top of the charts with their 1960 hit single "Save The Last Dance For Me". Going onto garner 33 charted singles The Drifters were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Drifters have welcomed over 60 members to their line up over the last century, and they still perform to this day!
Previews from: 4 November 2021
Opening night: 25 November 2021
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Beverly Knight as Faye Treadwell
Toash Wanogho-Maud as Ben E King
Tarinn Callender as Johnny Moor
Adam J Bernard as George Treadwell
Matt Henry as Clyder McPhatter
Directed by Jonathan Church
Set design by Anthony Ward
Choreography by Karen Bruce
Costume design by Fay Fullerton
Orchestration and musical supervision by Chris Egan
Lighting design by Ben Cracknell
Sound design by Tom Marshall
Video design by Andrzej Goulding
26 reviews, average rating: (4.2 Stars)
Absolutely brilliant performance by Beverley Knight & all the cast. The... more
Went to see this at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Great evening and the performance... more
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