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Amber Riley Performs 'I Am Changing' & Opens Up About Joining the 'Dreamgirls' Cast

Amber Riley Performs 'I Am Changing' & Opens Up About Joining the 'Dreamgirls' Cast

Amber Riley is getting ready to make her debut as Effie in the upcoming London production of Dreamgirls in London and she’s opening up about her role.

The 30-year-old actress took to her Twitter to share her thoughts about playing Effie and share a stunning performance of “I Am Changing.”

“I think the thing that excites me about Effie and this role is that it’s challenging – vocally, emotionally,” she explained.

Amber added, Even though she’s young in the beginning, she has this full arch and a full evolution that happens and I haven’t been able to experience that.”

Watch her entire performance below…

Cassadee Pope & Amber Riley Get in Their 'Capitol Fourth' Rehearsals!

Cassadee Pope & Amber Riley Get in Their 'Capitol Fourth' Rehearsals!

Cassadee Pope belts out a song while rehearsing for A Capitol Fourth on Sunday (July 3) at the U.S. Capitol West Lawn in Washington, D.C.

Also performing in the special are Glee‘s Amber Riley and classical singer Jackie Evancho.

The special will air on PBS later tonight (July 4) a 8pm ET/PT and other performers you can anticipate seeing include Younger‘s Sutton Foster, Gavin DeGraw, Hamilton‘s Christopher Jackson, The Voice winner Alisan Porter, Smokey Robinson, Yolanda Adams, and more.

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Jordin Sparks Slams Audience for Disrespecting Performers

Jordin Sparks Slams Audience for Disrespecting Performers

Jordin Sparks and Amber Riley look great while stopping for pictures at the 2016 McDonald’s 365 Black Awards on Friday (July 1) in New Orleans, La.

The former Glee actress hosted the event alongside Lance Gross and they posed together on the carpet.

After the event, Jordin called out the audience for being disrespectful by using their phones throughout performances.

“It’s so frustrating when ppl have no respect 4 artists/audience members when they are on their phone during performances… on full brightness & then try 2 take pics with a flash. Come on now, we know how this works, we’ve had these smart phones for yrs now,” Jordin tweeted. “Don’t be rude. Have some respect 4 the performer up on the stage & the audience members actually trying 2 watch & pay attn or don’t come!”

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Amber Riley & Laura Carmichael Wow At The Olivier Awards 2016

Amber Riley & Laura Carmichael Wow At The Olivier Awards 2016

Amber Riley stuns everyone on the red carpet as she arrives for the 2016 Olivier Awards held at The Royal Opera House on Sunday evening (April 3) in London, England.

The 30-year-old actress was joined by Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael at the annual event, where they both presented awards.

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“Today was a whirlwind, but I had a great time at the #OlivierAwards! So honored they asked me to present,” Amber wrote on Twitter after the show.

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Amber Riley Recalls Her 'Dreamgirls' Audition For Effie

Amber Riley Recalls Her 'Dreamgirls' Audition For Effie

Amber Riley greets fans on her way out of the BBC Studios in London, England on Saturday morning (April 2).

The 30-year-old actress is out promoting her role as Effie in the upcoming Dreamgirls production.

“I went through vocal surgery, which I needed after years and years of singing and recording and tiring myself out. They found two nodules on my cords,” Amber recalled of her audition. “And, of course, a couple of weeks after that was done, they call and say: ‘Hey! They’d love you to come in and sing Effie White!!’”

They waited two weeks for Amber to audition for the role!

“I’m not sure if it’s life imitating art or art imitating life, but I understand something of what Effie was going through,” Amber added. “I do know being a black woman who is plus-sized in Hollywood, you’re going to face more rejection than acceptance.”

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Zendaya Says Odell Beckham, Jr. Is 'Auditioning' To Date Her

Zendaya Says Odell Beckham, Jr. Is 'Auditioning' To Date Her

Zendaya steps out in a red ensemble for the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday afternoon (February 25) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 19-year-old actress/singer was joined by Serayah, Amber Riley, Keke Palmer and Aja Naomi King.

Zendaya recently opened up about bringing New York Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr. to a recent Grammy party and dating rumors.

“Here’s the thing, a couple of things, first of all it wasn’t really a date,” she explained. “We went to some events together, because we’re friends. We were with a group, we were with multiple people. I was with my stylist and everything like that.”

Zendaya added, “Even if it does progress, you gotta go through my dad first,. Just because you’re in the NFL, you killin’ stuff, that doesn’t mean you get to skip past pops. He’s not going to allow that to happen…He’s auditioning! Auditioning.”

FYI: Serayah is wearing a Loza Maleombho dress, Sophia Webster shoes, an Alex Woo necklace and Emm Kuo clutch. Zendaya wore a Thakoon polkadot jumpsuit. Zendaya is wearing a John Hardy bracelet.

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Monique Coleman, Serayah & Keke Palmer Go For Glam at NAACP Image Awards 2016

Monique Coleman, Serayah & Keke Palmer Go For Glam at NAACP Image Awards 2016

Monique Coleman gives off a warrior princess vibe on the red carpet as she arrives for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday night (February 5) in Pasadena, Calif.

The former High School Musical actress hit the carpet with Keke Palmer, Amber Riley, Serayah, Bryshere Gray and Gina Rodriguez.

“The Image Awards are always my favorite to attend. The amount of love shown to each person that walked up to receive an award, or even just presenting just filled my heart with so much joy. It felt like a huge family reunion. I didn’t feel like people were sitting there unimpressed. I genuinely felt like everyone was so happy to see one another and see their peers succeeding. #blackexcellence,” Amber wrote on Twitter after the show and parties had wrapped up.

FYI: Monique wore a Galia Lahav dress with Rock & Republic shoes. Serayah wore a Philipp Plein dress, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, Marcia Moran and Tara Hirschberg jewels and an Emmkou clutch. Keke wore an Atelier Swarovski cuff. Gina wore a SAFiYAA dress.

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Glee's Amber Riley to Star in London's 'Dreamgirls'

Glee's Amber Riley to Star in London's 'Dreamgirls'

Amber Riley will soon be playing one of the roles that she was without a doubt born to play – Effie in Dreamgirls!

The 29-year-old actress will perform in a production set to his London’s West End at the end of the year, according to the Daily Mail.

Effie is the role that won Jennifer Hudson an Oscar in 2007 and Jennifer Holliday a Tony Award in 1982. It’s a role that Amber knows well as she performed two of the character’s songs on Glee. Watch below!

Dreamgirls will start performances in November 2016 and it will be directed by Casey Nicholaw, who has helmed the Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten. Since the show has not been seen on Broadway since 1987, we hope it transfers to New York after the run in London!


Amber Riley – “And I Am Telling You” on Glee

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