The Drifters Girl: A Review

Direct from the West End, new award-winning musical, The Drifters Girl, is taking to the stage at the Wales Millennium Centre and I was lucky enough to be invited to come and review it.

The story follows of the infamous 50’s R&B group, The Drifters. We are taken through the highs and lows of the band that captured hearts across the world and the incredible woman behind the scenes making it all happen, Faye Treadwell. Each and every song will have you dancing in your seat, jam-packed full of hits such as Saturday Night At The Movies, Save The Last Dance For Me and Stand By Me. 

Photo Credit: The Other Richard

This shows visuals were something else. The intricate use of the layered stage, combined with the incredible bright lights made you feel like you were watching a Drifters concert. A real credit has to go to Ben Cracknell (Lighting Design), Tom Marshall (Sound Design) and Andrzej Goulding (Video Design), for creating such a hypnotising, animated stage that really pulled the audience into the performance.

Photo Credit: The Other Richard

The cast of this show really showed off their talents last night (and despite an unfortunate mid-show stop, they maintained incredible professionalism and didn’t miss a beat as they joined us back on stage). Having a cast of only 6, they managed to dart between roles seamlessly, giving us high-energy performances from the very start. Miles Anthony Daley as George Treadwell (and others), Ashford Campbell as Ben E.King, Rudy Lewis (and others), Daniel Haswell as Johnny Moore, Gerhart Thrasher (and others) and Tarik Frimpong as Clyde McPhatter, Lover Patterson (and others) gave us some of the best harmonies I’ve seen on stage in a while. Their musical chemistry was incredible and as they took on other characters gave us both hilarious and heart-warming performances. And Jaydah Bell-Ricketts as Girl gave us a loveable performance and complimented her fellow cast mates on stage.

Photo Credit: The Other Richard

But a special mention has to go to Carly Mercedes Dyer as Faye Treadwell. What a performance! Her portrayal of this strong, quick-witted character was spectacular and her voice left the audience with goosebumps. A true talent.

Upbeat and full of life, this show is a must watch for any fans of The Drifters. You’ll be tapping your feet and smiling through this amazing performance. The Drifters Girl will be at the Wales Millennium Centre until the 11th May, so get your tickets now!

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All Photo Credit to The Other Richard