The multi-talented performer is moving overseas to star in Dreamgirls, opening at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End area this November.
Riley will play Effie White, inspired by Florence Ballard of The Supremes. The musical adaptation of the iconic film will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who also directed The Book of Mormon.
“I am so honored and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw,” she told the BBC. “Working on the West End is now a dream realized, I just feel like this is going to be something special.”
Before making the big move, the former Glee star had a send-off concert for fans. In addition to performing a covers, she invited friends Jordin Sparks, Major and Stevie Mackey to hit the stage.
But her performance of Beyonce’s “1+1” is what gave goosebumps to everyone. Hitting every note and adding a sweet run to the song, truly showed Amber’s range— and that she’s ready to hit the stage in the UK.
In the States she’s already had a good run on Broadway starring in 2012’s Cotton Club Parade and Mystery on the Docks with the Los Angeles Opera. Last year she starred in NBC’s live adaptation of The Wiz.
1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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