‘Tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit’
‘Amber Riley is an absolute dazzler as Effie’
‘this supremely confident production provides, to be sure, a great night out’
Broadway sensation Dreamgirls dazzles at the Savoy Theatre London, originally starring diva songstress Amber Riley from hit US series Glee. Now, the musical stars Marisha Wallace! Dreamgirls officially opened at the theatre on December 14th and plays an extended season at the West End venue.
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. Amber Riley made her West End debut in the musical, earning the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
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!
Cast and Creative
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.
Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela and Karen Mav share the central role of diva Effie White, alongside Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell Robinson, Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris. Further casting includes Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Joe Aaron Reid (In the Heights) as Curtis Taylor Jr.
Additional casting includes Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards and Joshua Robinson.
- “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 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.
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.
Tickets for Dreamgirls 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.
Have you seen Dreamgirls? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!