Watch Beverley Knight talk about her new West End musical The Drifters Girl which receives its world premiere in London on 25 November 2021.
Filmed at a photoshoot for the show, Knight talks about the inspirational character she portrays and introduces the phenomenal actors playing The Drifters – Adam J Bernard, best known for his Olivier Award winning performance of Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Early in Dreamgirls; Tarinn Callender whose credits include Hamilton and Come From Away; Olivier Award winner Matt Henry (Kinky Boots) and Tosh Wanogho-Maud whose West Endcredits include Dreamgirls, The Lion King, Show Boat and The Book of Mormon.
Starring Knight, the musical charts the trailblazing efforts of the worlds first African American female music manager, Faye Treadwell. Following the untimely death of her music manager husband George, Faye bought out his partners to take control of The Drifters, and for the next three decades fought to turn The Drifters into a global phenomenon.
Directed by Jonathan Church with book by Ed Curtis, the musical features such classic hits as Stand By Me, Saturday Night at the Movies, Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance For Me and Kissin in the Back Row of the Movies.
Based on an idea by Faye’s daughter Tina Treadwell, The Drifters Girl has a book by Ed Curtis and is co-created by Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud, with direction by Jonathan Church.
The creative team includes design by Anthony Ward, choreography by Karen Bruce, lighting by Ben Cracknell and music supervision and orchestration by Chris Egan.
The Drifters Girl is booking until 26 March 2022 at the Garrick Theatre, London