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Amber Riley to play Effie in West End Dreamgirls

Effie, we all got plaaaaane tickets.

Glee star Amber Riley has landed the iconic role of Effie White — the showstopping part that earned a Tony Award for Jennifer Holliday and an Academy Award for Jennifer Hudson — in an upcoming production of Dreamgirls headed to London’s West End this fall.

The revival, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), will play the Savoy Theatre in November 2016.

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The Wiz Live!: EW Review

Can you feel a brand new day? Well, kind of. They’re using iPads and eating sushi in Munchkinland. The Scarecrow’s doing the stanky legg. The Tin Man is dabbing. Dorothy’s got squad goals. Emerald City looks like a fabulous gay club from Paris Is Burning. The Wiz is a woman, or maybe she’s just gender fluid — all we know is that she doesn’t correct anyone who calls her “sir.” And the best live NBC musical yet has an all-black cast.

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'Glee' series finale react: Why we'll miss the New Directions

A beloved series about quirky, plucky do-gooders ends its long run with teary, cheery flash-forwards for its characters. Gee, where have we heard that tune before? One month after NBC’s Parks and Recreation closed shop by peeking into the future and seeing individual fulfillment and continued community for Leslie Knope and co., Fox’s Glee concluded its six-year stint by singing the same swan song. Glee being Glee, the show chose an arrangement that hit all of its feel-good notes with more brass, sass, and messy gusto.

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Kristen Bell, Amber Riley, and all-star hippies rock out in 'Hair' at the Hollywood Bowl


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The ’60s were a crazy yet influential time in our country’s history. People were fighting for their civil rights at home while debating America’s involvement in a growing conflict abroad, striving to find a place in this world that they could call their own. Half a century later, not much has changed.

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'Glee': We pick each character's best performance -- VIDEO

Glee Dont Rain On My Parade

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You never forget your first time watching “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

We’ve already ranked the top Glee performances of all time, which tend to be big group numbers. But any fan of the show also treasures its individual star-making moments – whether they’re quick ditties sung in the choir room, or, inexplicably, full solos sung at a competition.

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