• Mikey Worrall

Marisha Wallace: How Dreamgirls changed my life

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

When I asked Marisha Wallace what it was like the first time she performed the show's most famous number, And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going), on the West End stage for the first time, I wasn't prepared for her response.

"It was like all my dreams had come true, and everything that has happened to me, everyhing that I've gone through, every 'no' that I've ever gotten, every opportunity I've ever gotten, brought me to that moment, to that standing ovation."

She made both of us cry.

We had a chat in her dressing room at the Savoy Theatre where she's playing Effie in the first London production of Dreamgirls.

We talked about her work on Broadway, bringing the show to the West End and how none of it could have happened if a surgeon hadn't saved her voice after finding a cyst on her vocal chords.

Marisha also told me why she thinks Playbills should be introduced in London so audiences know who they’re seeing on stage without having to pay for a programme.

You can catch Marisha in the show until it closes on 12th January 2019.

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