The Drifters Girl Sunderland Empire

Review: The Drifters Girl at Sunderland Empire

Luxe is heading to Sunderland Empire for a night of soulful beats and gripping narrative as The Drifters Girl makes its long-awaited appearance

Telling the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Faye Treadwell is the legendary manager of The Drifters who fought for three decades alongside her husband (George Treadwell) to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

The Drifters Girl boasts an incredible soundtrack of some of the most famous songs in history, including ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ and now it’s our chance to see and hear it live.

The Drifters Girl Sunderland Empire

First Impressions

Wednesday night is the perfect time to visit Sunderland Empire, as we’re sure, The Drifters Girl will prove to be the perfect mid-week treat. After a short drive over, we’re eager to experience some of the most iconic songs of the 50s, 60s and early 70s.

Being huge fans of the songs, we can’t wait to find out the story behind them and the woman that helped take the group to new heights. Once in our seats, the lights dim and we’re strapped in for the rollercoaster ride that is, The Drifters…

The Drifters Girl at Sunderland Empire: The Cast

Carly Mercedes Dyer’s portrayal of Faye Treadwell is nothing short of mesmerising. With a perfect blend of vulnerability and strength, Dyer brings depth and authenticity to the character. This allows the audience to truly connect with Faye’s journey as she navigates the highs and lows of managing one of the most legendary groups in music history.

While there aren’t many cast members and they all switch to different roles in the show, each of them delivers an outstanding performance.

The Drifters Girl Sunderland Empire

Miles Anthony Daley as George Treadwell provides a compelling counterpart to Dyer’s Faye. His performance is full of charisma and complexity as he grapples with the challenges of fame and the music industry. The chemistry between Dyer and Daley on stage is very evident. It certainly adds an extra layer of emotion to their scenes together.

Ashford Campbell’s portrayal of Ben E. King is a standout moment in the show. His powerful vocals and commanding stage presence captures the essence of the legendary singer. All while transporting the audience back to the golden era of soul music.

Tarik Frimpong as Clyde McPhatter, Daniel Haswell as Johnny Moore and Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, playing Faye’s daughter deliver performances that are equally impressive. Their energy on stage bring a dynamic edge to the whole production.

The Drifters Girl Sunderland Empire

The Music

The music is an integral part of The Drifters Girl and speaking of them, the performance of the opening medley of ‘Hello Happiness’/’Kissin In The Back Row’/’There Goes My First Love’ has everyone singing, clapping along and sets a very strong opening to the musical.

The performances of ‘If I Had A Hammer’, ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ along many others are simply sensational. Each song is delivered with so much passion and precision. It evokes a wave of nostalgia and emotion that resonates not only with us, but with the whole theatre.

The soulful melodies and infectious rhythms are a heartbeat of The Drifters. Now with these songs live on stage, it takes only a couple of seconds to transport us to the era of classic hits.

The Drifters Girl at Sunderland Empire: The Storyline

Besides the captivating music and the brilliant cast, our favourite element of the show is the storyline. While most of us are familiar with the songs and have grown up listening to them, not many of us know the story behind them and, most importantly, the woman behind this soul group.

Ed Curtis, who wrote the book, Trina Treadwell with original idea and Jonathan Church, the director have all added something special to bring this musical to life. What truly captivates us is the authenticity and depth of the characters, particularly Faye Treadwell, whose resilience and determination serves as the driving force behind the group’s success.

From her humble beginnings to her rise as a pioneering woman in a male-dominated industry, Faye’s story resonates on a deeply personal level, reminding us of the power of perseverance in the face of adversity.

The Drifters Girl at Sunderland Empire: Who is The Show For?

As the final curtain falls on The Drifters Girl, the energy in the theatre soars to new heights as we all give in to the sounds of this infectious music, so very worthy of a standing ovation.

The Drifters Girl story is one that transends age, background and musical preference, making it an enjoyable experience for a very wide range of audiences.

Fans of soul and R&B, history buffs and romantics at heart will enjoy the musical equally, as it delivers not only an incredible story but also a remarkable experience.

The Drifters Girl is playing at Sunderland Empire until 30 March. Book your tickets here.