The Drifters Girl musical is currently touring the UK after its original West End run and it’s arrived at Manchester Opera House and what a show it is!
It is an absolute showstopper, with the talented Loren Anderson taking centre stage as Faye Treadwell, the determined and resilient manager of the iconic music group, The Drifters. This production is a delightful journey through the tumultuous history of one of the most beloved bands in the world, and it’s brought to life by an outstanding cast.
Loren Anderson’s portrayal of Faye Treadwell is nothing short of remarkable. She embodies the strength and grace of a woman who fought against all odds to protect and nurture the career of The Drifters. Anderson’s powerful vocals and heartfelt performance carry the emotional weight of the story, making it easy for the audience to connect with Faye’s journey.
The Drifters themselves, played by Miles Anthony Daley, Tarik Frimpong, Dalton Harris, and Ashford Campbell, are a sensational ensemble. They capture the essence of the original group’s harmonious sound, delivering classic hits like “Stand by Me” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” with incredible precision and soul. The chemistry between these performers is palpable, and their harmonies are nothing short of mesmerizing.
The set design and costumes transport the audience back in time to the 1950s and 60s, immersing us in the world of the music industry during that era. The choreography is energetic and perfectly complements the music, adding an extra layer of excitement to the production.
The narrative of The Drifters Girl is not only a tribute to the legendary music of The Drifters but also a celebration of the resilience and determination of Faye Treadwell. Her story is as compelling as the music itself, and it’s told with sincerity and depth. By focussing on Faye Treadwell; it really gives the musical more depth and heart than just your usual jukebox musical.
The Drifters Girl is a must-see musical that pays homage to the timeless music of The Drifters and the extraordinary woman behind their success. Loren Anderson’s performance is outstanding, and the entire cast delivers a memorable experience. Whether you’re a fan of The Drifters or simply love a good story filled with heart and soul, The Drifter’s Girl is a Must See!
Playing until 14th October, https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-drifters-girl/opera-house-manchester/
Reviewer: Max Eden
Reviewed: 10th October 2023
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