Michael Harrison and David Ian today announce The Drifters Girl, a brand new musical starring Beverley Knight, which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups The Drifters and the woman who made them.
It will make its World Premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal next year, before transferring to the Garrick Theatre in London for a strictly limited season of 20 weeks.
The Drifters Girl, to be directed by Jonathan Church (Singin’ In The Rain), will begin performances in Newcastle on Saturday 5 September 2020, playing until Saturday 19 September. Performances at the Garrick Theatre start on Thursday 1 October 2020.
Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.
From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
With an incredible soundtrack of some of the most famous songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place, Saturday Night At The Movies and many more, The Drifters Girl will play for just 15 performances in Newcastle before transferring to London for a limited 20 week season.
The Drifters Girl, with a book by Ed Curtis, will be directed by Jonathan Church, designed by Anthony Ward, choreography by Karen Bruce, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and music supervision and orchestrations by Chris Egan.
Further casting and full creative team will be announced at a later date.