Felicia Boswell (Broadway's Motown the Musical, Memphis, Shuffle Along…) will succeed Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as Faye Treadwell in the new musical The Drifters Girl at London's Garrick Theatre this summer. Knight will play her final performance July 2, with Boswell scheduled to begin July 5.
The production officially opened November 25, 2021, following previews that began November 4.
Boswell will join Olivier winner Adam J. Bernard (Dreamgirls), Tarinn Callender (Hamilton), Olivier winner Matt Henry (Kinky Boots), and Tosh Wanogho-Maud (The Book of Mormon), who play The Drifters.
The cast also includes Marcus Ayton, Ashford Campbell, Ethan Davis, Vanessa Ela Young, Michael James Stewart, Alanna Leslie, and Curtis Scott with young actors Aurora Baptiste, Amari Brown, Savanna Musoni, Savannah Skinner-Henry, and Shanyia Tsoto.
Jonathan Church (Singin’ in the Rain) directs the musical, which charts the story of the famed vocal group and the woman who made them. Treadwell, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' vocal group into a global phenomenon.
Based on an idea by Tina Treadwell, The Drifters Girl was co-created by co-stars Knight, Bernard, Callender, Henry, and Wanogho-Maud and features a book by Ed Curtis.
The production also has set design by Anthony Ward, choreography by Karen Bruce, costume design by Fay Fullerton, orchestrations and musical supervision by Chris Egan, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall, video design by Andrzej Goulding, associate direction by Tyrone Huntley, associate choreography by Myles Brown, and casting by Stuart Burt and Jo Hawes.
The production features such classics as “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,” and “Saturday Night at the Movies.”
The Drifters Girl is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.