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Dreamgirls

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‘Tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit’

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‘Amber Riley is an absolute dazzler as Effie’

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‘this supremely confident production provides, to be sure, a great night out’

The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). Amber Riley is currently scheduled to play the role of Effie White for 7 out of 8 performances per week. One of the alternates will perform on 1 out of 8 performances per week, currently scheduled for Monday evenings.

This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.

Broadway sensation Dreamgirls dazzles at the Savoy Theatre London, starring diva songstress Amber Riley from hit US series Glee. Dreamgirls officially opened at the theatre on December 14th and plays an extended season until October 2017.

Set in 1960’s America, throughout the dawning era of R&B, Dreamgirls follows a trio of Chicago girls called “The Dreams”, who sing in various competitions. Soon, they are spotted by ex-car salesman Curtis Taylor, who wants to be their manager. Enjoying initial success, the girls soon experience the downfalls of fame, when Curtis tries to replace Effie with the more appealing Deena as lead singer. A test of love, friendship and success, Dreamgirls is the popular musical which is said to be loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes.

Opening on Broadway in 1981, Dreamgirls scooped a record six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance of a Leading Actress in a Musical for Jennifer Holliday’s portrayal of Effie White. In 2006, the musical was adapted into a popular film starring Beyoncé Knowles as Deena and Jennifer Hudson as Effie, earning Judson an Academy Award for her performance. Now, Riley steps into the iconic roles’ shoes, set to wow audiences in her West End debut.

Dreamgirls includes iconic musical numbers such as “I Am Changing”, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “Dreamgirls”, “Listen” and “One Night Only.” Fans of classic R&B and soul music will absolutely love the powerhouse vocals displayed in this show, along with the heart-wrenching story and breath-taking choreography. Don’t miss out on Dreamgirls, playing at London’s Savoy Theatre!

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Dreamgirls is directed by prolific Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway director Casey Nicholaw, whose current hit shows include The Book of Mormon and Aladdin. Produced by Sonia Friedman, Dreamgirls features a book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. Original choreography from A Chorus Line co-creator Michael Bennett ensures that the musical will keep a vast proportion of the show’s original dance moves.

Glee star Amber Riley, who made her name playing the feisty Mercedes Jones in the hit US series, stars as diva Effie White, with Broadway star Marisha Wallace and The X Factor contestant Karen Mav alternating the role of Effie.

The Dreams are completed with Broadway’s Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell Robinson and Liisi LaFontaine (Rent) as Deena Jones. Further casting includes Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders) as Marty, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid (In the Heights) as Curtis Taylor Jr.

Additional casting includes Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

Song List

Act I

  • “I’m Lookin’ for Something” – The Stepp Sisters, Marty, and Company
  • “Goin’ Downtown” – Little Albert & the Tru-Tones
  • “Takin’ the Long Way Home” – Tiny Joe Dixon
  • “Move (You’re Steppin’ on My Heart)” – Effie, Deena, and Lorrell
  • “Fake Your Way to the Top” – Jimmy, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell
  • “Cadillac Car” – Curtis, Jimmy, C.C., and Marty, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell
  • “Cadillac Car (On the Road)” – Company
  • “Cadillac Car (In the Recording Studio)” – Jimmy, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell
  • “Cadillac Car (Reprise)” – Dave and the Sweethearts
  • “Steppin’ to the Bad Side” – Curtis, Jimmy, C.C., Wayne, Lorrell, Effie, Deena, and Company
  • “Party, Party” – Effie, Curtis, Jimmy, Lorrell, and Company
  • “I Want You Baby” – Jimmy, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell
  • “Family” – Effie, C.C., Jimmy, Lorrell, Curtis, and Deena
  • “Dreamgirls” – Deena, Lorrell, and Effie
  • “Press Conference” – Deena, Curtis, and Company
  • “Only the Beginning” – Curtis and Effie
  • “Heavy” – Deena, Lorrell, Effie, and Curtis
  • “Drivin’ Down the Strip” – Jimmy
  • “It’s All Over” – Effie, Curtis, C.C., Deena, Lorrell, Jimmy, and Michelle
  • “And I Am Telling You” – Effie
  • “Love Love Me Baby” – Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle

Act II

  • “Act II Opening” – Deena, Lorrell, Michelle, Curtis, C.C., and Jimmy
  • “I Am Changing” – Effie
  • “One More Picture Please” – Company, Lorrell, and Michelle, C.C., and Curtis
  • “When I First Saw You” – Curtis and Deena
  • “Got to Be Good Times” – The Five Tuxedos
  • “Ain’t No Party” – Lorrell and Jimmy
  • “I Meant You No Harm” – Jimmy
  • “Quintette” – Lorrell, Deena, C.C., and Michelle
  • “The Rap” – Jimmy
  • “Firing of Jimmy” – Jimmy, Curtis, Lorrell, and Company
  • “I Miss You Old Friend” – Les Styles, Marty, C.C., and Effie
  • “One Night Only” – Effie and Company
  • “One Night Only (Disco)”– Deena, Lorrell, Michelle, Curtis, and Company
  • “I’m Somebody” – Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle
  • “Chicago/Faith in Myself” – Effie, C.C., Curtis, Deena, and Marty
  • Listen” – Deena and Effie
  • “Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love” – Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle
  • “Dreamgirls (Reprise)” – Effie, Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle

Show Lengths and Times

Dreamgirls opens at the Savoy Theatre London on November 19th and is set to run until February 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Please note that Amber Riley will play Effie for 7 out of 8 performances. Currently, alternate will play Wednesday evenings.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Dreamgirls may not be suitable for very young children. Please note that the Savoy Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3.

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Funny Girl

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‘the best female performance to be seen in the West End’

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‘such full-hearted charm that you can only surrender to it’

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‘a prodigious talent for comedy’

Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice Tuesday-Saturday from July 18th, with Natasha J Barnes alternating at other performances.

Sheridan Smith stars as the enigmatic Fanny Brice in the highly-anticipated transfer of the beloved musical Funny Girl. After a smash-hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, which sold out within minutes, Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre London for a strictly limited run beginning April 20th.

Funny Girl originally premiered on Broadway in 1964 and was first seen in London in 1966 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with the revival marking the musical’s 50th anniversary. Fanny Brice is the iconic role originated by superstar songstress Barbra Streisand, who also played Brice in the much-loved 1968 film. In its opening year, Funny Girl received 8 Tony Award nominations, but was pipped to the post by new musical Hello Dolly. Despite failing to scoop any awards, the original cast recording of the musical was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Set around the outbreak of World War One, and during the aftermath, Funny Girl is based on the life of real actress and comedienne Fanny Brice. Following Brice’s rise to fame, the musical documents the tumultuous relationship she shared with Nick Arnstein, the well-known entrepreneur and gambler. Funny Girl features one of the most famous Broadway scores, with music by the prolific Jule Styne. Memorable songs include “People”, “You Are Woman” and the show-stopping “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this dazzling musical at London’s Savoy Theatre, opening April 9th until October 8th 2016, with an official opening on Wednesday April 20th.

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Funny Girl features music and lyrics by Jule Styne (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy) and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart and a revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) for this revival. Tony Award-nominee Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs Funny Girl, with choreography by Lynne Page (American Psycho), set design by Michael Pavelka, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Olivier Award-winning Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice, following in the footsteps of world-famous songstress Barbra Streisand. Smith has extensive stage and screen credits, and is the recipient of an Olivier Award for her performances in Legally Blonde and Flare Path. Her appearances on stage include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic Theatre, as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. Film and television credits include Mrs Biggs, Cilla, The C Word, The 7:39, Jonathan Creek and Gavin and Stacey.

Sheridan Smith is joined by platinum-selling recording artist Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Philip Bertioli as Cornet Man, Emma Caffrey as Bubbles, Rebecca Fennelly as Polly, Luke Fetherston as John, Matthew Goodgame as Director/Renaldi/Paul, Kelly Homewood as Vera and Sammy Kelly as Mimsey. Additional cast members include Sanchia Amber Clarke, Lucinda Collins, Joelle Dyson, Leah Harris, Sam Murphy, Tom Murphy, Clare Rickard and Oliver Tester.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “If a Girl Isn’t Pretty” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice, Eddie Ryan and People
  • “I’m the Greatest Star” – Fanny Brice
  • “Cornet Man” – Fanny Brice, Snub Taylor and Keeney Chorus
  • “Who Taught Her Everything?” – Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
  • “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” – Ziegfeld Tenor, Ziegfeld Girls and Fanny Brice
  • “I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
  • “Henry Street” – Henry Street Neighbors
  • “People” – Fanny Brice
  • “You Are Woman” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
  • “Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Fanny Brice

Act II

  • “Sadie, Sadie” – Fanny Brice and Friends
  • “Find Yourself a Man” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
  • “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat” – Ziegfeld Company and Fanny Brice
  • “Who Are You Now?” – Fanny Brice
  • “The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Fanny Brice
  • “Don’t Rain on My Parade (reprise)” – Fanny Brice

Show Lengths and Times

Funny Girl opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2015, before transferring to the Savoy Theatre in April, where it opens April 20th for an extended run until October 8th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 40mins including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Funny Girl may not be suitable for very young children. Please note that the Savoy Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3.

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Tickets for Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.

Reviews

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Guys and Dolls

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Guys and Dolls arrives at the Savoy Theatre in London for 13 weeks amid an extensive UK tour.

The well received Chichester Festival Theatre production of this classic Broadway show will transfer to the West End over the Christmas period and is booking up until March 12th.

Guys and Dolls is a 1950’s musical fable with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The story is of a gambler, Nathan Detroit and his night club singer fiancee, Miss Adelaide, whose patience is wearing thin after 14 years of waiting.  Nathan meets a fellow gambler, Sky and bets him $1000 dollars that he cannot take a girl (a “doll”) of his choice out for dinner. Full of self-confidence, Sky agrees, only to find that the doll in question is the pious Sarah Brown.

The show includes memorable musical numbers such as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” and “My Time of Day.”

Jamie Parker stars as Sky Masterson, alongside Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide, David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown. The creative team include director Gordon Greenberg, musical direction from Gareth Valentine, choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright plus designs by Peter McKintosh and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Guys and Dolls will run in Manchester and Birmingham before arriving in the West End, where the show has not been seen since 2005. Following it’s West End residency, Guys and Dolls will then tour in Liverpool, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Bristol.

Book tickets to see Guys and Dolls during its strictly limited run at the regal Savoy Theatre in London.

Running time: 2 hours 40 mins

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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The hit 2005 Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End on March 10th 2014.  The show is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Steve Martin and Michael Cane.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Katherine KingsleyDirty Rotten Scoundrels is set on the sunny French Riviera, where Casino culture runs high. Lawrence Jameson, a notorious con-artists makes a living tricking wealthy women out of their money with the help of his trusty bodyguard Andre. The arrival of Freddy challenges his position, and it soon becomes clear that the coast is just not big enough for two con men. The pair make a deal that the first one of them to swindle $50,000 out of one of the wealthy residents will get to retain the turf, and the loser will be forced to leave. As the heat increases, both men stop at nothing in order to show they are the greatest, but as the fight gains intensity, their feelings for the women begin to get in the way. As they meet some highly intelligent girls, it seems that the pair may have finally met their match…

Cast and Creative

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was composed by David Yazbek with a book by Jeffrey Lane. The current London production was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

David Yazbek’s work was last seen in the West End for the 2002 production of The Full Monty which ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre for eight months. As a composer, his style is often sharp and satirical, and his work on ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is no exception. His last show on Broadway was ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ which was based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar and starred Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

The London production stars Robert Lindsay (My Family), Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as well as comedian turned actor, Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors).

Bonnie Langford has been cast as the new Muriel Eubanks, with her first performance on September 16th 2014.

Song List

 

  • Overture
  • Give Them What They Want
  • What Was a Woman to Do
  • Great Big Stuff
  • Oklahoma?
  • All About Ruprecht
  • What Was a Woman to Do (Reprise)
  • Here I Am
  • Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True
  • The Miracle (Act I Finale)
  • Entr’acte
  • Ruffhousin’ Mit Shüffhausen
  • Like Zis/Like Zat
  • The More We Dance
  • Love is My Legs
  • Love Sneaks In –
  • Like Zis/Like Zat (Reprise)
  • The Reckoning
  • Dirty Rotten Number
  • Finale

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Let It Be

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Let It Be is a ‘theatrical concert’ featuring more than 20 of the Beatles’ greatest hits including “Come Together,” “Twist and Shout,” “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” and the title track. From their humble beginnings in German rock clubs to their rise as a global phenomenon on the front wave of the British Invasion on the pop charts, follow Britain’s most famous band through some of the most exuberant pop anthems ever written. This production is a rock concert combined with footage of the Lads from Liverpool and their incredible true story. The Beatles remain Britain’s most successful band of all time.

As the band celebrates its 50th year, relive the swinging 60’s with a live band, alongside video and rare photo projections which set the scene for The Beatles’ extraordinary rise to the top. Whether you’re a fully fledged Beatlemaniac, or discovering the band for the first time, this exuberant concert will have you on your feet singing along to your favourite songs, including “Drive My Car,” “She Loves You,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Help!”

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Cast Information

A rotating cast play the Fab Four: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The cast of Let It Be includes Emanuele Angeletti, Josh Brosnan, Gordon Elsmore, Ryan Coath, Michael Gagliano, James Fox, Reuvan Gershon, Stephen Hill, Phil Martin, Ryan Alex Farmery, and Michael Bramwell.

Show Length and Times

Performances of Let It Be start at 7:30pm Monday to Saturday (no performances on Tuesdays), with matinees at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with additional evening performances on Sundays at 7pm. The running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

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   “The Hits just keep on coming…for those who love the Beatles this show is about as good as it gets” Charles Spencer
   “[a] mountainly enjoyable production” Paul Taylor 
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Official Tickets

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Cabaret the Musical

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‘Come to the Cabaret, old chum…’

Cabaret the musical ticketsProducer Bill Kenwright brought Rufus Norris’ 2006 revival of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret back to the West End for a limited run. This revival production starred pop sensation Will Young as the Emcee, along with Eastender’s star Michelle Ryan as Sally Bowles. The production, which opened on October 8 at the Savoy Theatre, marked the pair’s West End debut. The show closed on 19 January 2013.

The award-winning musical Cabaret is based on the stories of Christopher Isherwood which are included in the book ‘Goodbye to Berlin’. These were then adapted into the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten in 1951. John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys) adapted the play into the musical Cabaret using a book by Joe Masteroff. The show premiered on Broadway in 1966 and in 1972 was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, Michael York as Cliff and Joel Grey as the Emcee. Many successful revivals of the show have taken place all over the world – one of the most famous being Sam Mendes’ production at Studio 54.

Rufus Norris’s production originally opened in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in 2006, where it initially starred James Dreyfus, Anna Maxwell Martin and Sheila Hancock. The production was nominated for a variety of Olivier Awards, and Hancock won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the 2007 ceremony. Throughout the West End run and subsequent UK tour many famous faces took on the iconic roles, including Julian Clary, Wayne Sleep and Alistair McGowan as the Emcee, and Samantha Barks, Kim Medcalf and Amy Nuttall as Sally Bowles.

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Star Will Young shot to fame in the original series of Pop Idol and has since become a successful worldwide recording artist. Although he has appeared onstage before in both plays and musicals, Cabaret was his professional West End debut. Michelle Ryan has starred in various TV shows  including Jekyll, Bionic Woman, Merlin and Doctor Who. Sian Phillips played Fraulein Schneider, Matt Rawle played Cliff, and Harriet Thorpe played Fraulein Kost, a role she first played in Norris’ 2006 production.

The Sunshine Boys

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The Sunshine Boys is a hilarious comedy by Neil Simon set in the early days of television. A Vaudevillian double act is reunited for a television special on the history of comedy, despite years of bitter rivalry between them. As the producers and their families struggle to even get them in the same room, the cantankerous performers’ feud is reignited as they perform their famous comedy routine one last time. The play was turned into a popular film starring Walter Matthau and George Burns, who won an Academy Award for his performance.

Neil Simon was one of the most successful American playwrights in history, winning three Tony Awards out of 17 nominations, with a string smash hits such as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Goodbye Girl, Jake’s Women, and The Good Doctor. In 1966, four of his plays were running on Broadway simultaneously: The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, and Barefoot in the Park.

This production was helmed by acclaimed director Thea Sharrock, whose recent West End hits include Equus with Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe, The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis, and After the Dance at the National Theatre.

The Sunshine Boys began previews on 27 April before opening on 17 May. The limited season ended on 28 July, 2012.

Cast Information

Danny DeVito made his West End debut alongside theatre veteran, Richard Griffiths as the feuding comedy duo Lewis and Clark. DeVito has an extensive list of film and television credits, including Taxi, The Rainmaker, Batman Returns, L.A. Confidential, and Terms of Endearment. He began his career on the stage in the original production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1971, later reprising his role in the award-winning film with Jack Nicholson. Griffiths is a theatre veteran, receiving both the Olivier and Tony Awards for his performance in The History Boys, and has appeared on the stage in Equus, The Habit of Art, and Heroes. His film credits include the Harry Potter films, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Ghandi, and Chariots of Fire.