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Savoy Court, The Strand
London, WC2R 0ET
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Opened: 19 Nov 2016
Booking from: 23 Sep 2017
Booking until: 10 Feb 2018
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

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  • samhaydenharler 171cm male 26 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Dreamgirls, 25th March 2017
    As a wedding present from friends, we were treated to a delightful evening to see the evening performance of Dreamgirls on Saturday 25th March 2017. The musical originated on Broadway back in 1981 and following it being made into a film, winning numerous awards, it finally arrived in the West End in late 2016. It has already been rumoured to be making a revival on Broadway soon and with a soundtrack being released in April 2017 – there is no better time and reason to go and see this mighty show! Dreamgirls tells the story of three girls, The Dreamettes with lead singer, Effie White, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson with Effie’s brother C.C writing their songs. They get their first break when Curtis persuades James ‘Thunder’ Early to let the Dreamettes sing their backing vocals. Effie soon beings to date Curtis and Lorrell starts an affair with Jimmy. However upon Deena being moved to lead vocals replacing Effie, the story starts to sour. Effie is forced out of the group and the girls then continue on the road to stardom and success. One aspect of the show that becomes apparent is the use of a simple yet effective set design. The production mainly focusses around various lighting rigs which were continually moved to provide the transitions for each scene. However it isn’t until Act two that the audience see more glamour and sparkle from the set. The costumes speak for themselves – they are glitzy, colourful and many of the stunning gowns on display show how hard and talented those behind the scenes are at work in making this production stand out from the opening numbers. This production also showcases a fantastic array of wigs – for most costume changes there are new wigs for the majority of the female roles. This show isn’t just about the performance, but for those who work tirelessly backstage making this show happen. Having seen the Dreamgirls film in 2006, I was familiar with the story and how strong the performances needed to be to make the story come to life. Amber Riley who plays Effie has a voice unlike anybody else. Despite my own experience of seeing the film and hearing the original Dreamgirls soundtrack, Amber’s voice is simply jaw dropping. Her vocal range, depth and emotion had my hair on end throughout the entire performance. I knew Amber had a great voice but I didn’t expect to be blown away by every one of her songs. The audience were on their feet at the end of ‘And I Am Telling You’ and seeing her give everything to this performance was an emotional experience. I may have even let out a cheer and WOW as she hit every single note! The two other female leads, Liisi Lafontaine (Deena) and Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell) had phenomenal vocals and with Asmeret recently joining the cast following Ibionabo Jacks withdrawal from the cast due to health reasons – I absolutely loved her performance from start to finish – a great new addition to the Dreamgirls London cast. Liisi’s ‘Listen’ duet with Amber was another highlight of the evening and I cannot wait for the soundtrack next month to listen to this particular song – it had the audience cheering throughout the song, which was thoroughly well deserved. I have rated Dreamgirls with four stars as I did enjoy the show with many astounding performances, however at times I felt the show could have given more in places. Whilst the set was simple, it often felt underwhelming with the same set piece being used for the majority of the show. With a show as grand as this – I personally felt the set could have been more impressive. The ‘Dreamgirls’ song sounded extremely thin – I’m not sure if a click-track was missing but I expected this number to be far more impressive than it came across – especially as this is their first major song. I must also comment about the impressive Front of House team at The Savoy Theatre. I have seen a lot of live theatre and I was extremely impressed with how quick they identified anyone using their mobile phones and were instantly dealing with this, as well as remaining in the theatre throughout the performance. Well Done All! Dreamgirls is the perfect night out and a great way to see the talent that plays in the West End. This is a show I can see being around for a long while as it continues to delight audiences who keep going back for more. With standing ovations at both the interval and finale it is clear that this show is one to see.
    From my seat I had a full and clear view of the stage and could clearly see all of the faces of the cast. The seats were comfortable and had good leg room too. The sound quality from the seat was also perfect!
  • TM89 6' 3" male 102 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 15th May 2017
    This was my second viewing of Dreamgirls, the first being last December. On this particular occasion there were four alternates/understudies on. My thoughts are as follows: Kirk Patterson As Marty is a relatively small role in a show which is crammed with huge personalities, it's difficult to comment on. Kirk portrayed the role brilliantly, and I'd be more than happy to see Dreamgirls again, not knowing if he was on or it was Nicholas Bailey (who is also very good!) Ryan Reid He definitely did improve into act 2, although I still didn't find myself disliking Curtis as much I should do as a character. Joe Aaron Reid has the benefit of playing the role on a nightly basis, admittedly, but he totally convinced me that the shady car dealer was a villain. I felt that Ryan, however, seemed to play him slightly friendlier, overall. Despite line slip-ups and coming out on stage for "Party, Party" with the mic pack swinging out of his suit jacket for the whole scene, I'm sure that over time he will find his feet in the role. Jocasta Almgill Jocasta!! To me, she totally is Deena. A much better fit than Liisi, I would say. She's the ultimate diva when she heads up The Dreams, channelling Diana Ross, Beyoncé and Deena all in her own way. She also plays the vulnerability of the character brilliantly and her voice is "what else can I say, but wonderful..." Asmeret Ghebremichael This was the first time I'd seen Asmeret as Lorell, and I thought she totally nailed it. In some respects, she is my favourite of the Dreams, and I adored what Ibanabo did, but Asmeret was excellent. I love the tone to her voice, as well as the little changes to her characterisation too. OK, and deep breath... Marisha Wallace I feel truly blessed to have been lucky enough to witness a star being born. She really showcases Effie's bubbly, fun-loving personality pre-family. Rather than showing her as some big-headed, moody wannabe, Marisha really shows her endearing side before the proverbial hits the fan. Because of this, her story arc really touches, as we see her change from this enthusiastic character to one of scorn. Her character development throughout is totally on point. I was left physically trembling with emotion following Amber's AIATY, whereas this time I was still living for it, but it didn't quite move me as much. My other half though, much preferred Marisha's AIATY to Amber's. My big wow moment with Marisha came with I Am Changing. She had me totally transfixed, as yet again, she explored the many sides of Effie's progression. And that voice, though... I have no words. All of the girls voices blended beautifully, especially considering two of them are not the main actors. Overall though, I never felt as though I was watching Amber Riley's alternate, but rather it was Marisha's Effie. She. Owned. That. Role. See her. See her now. And for the rest... Tyrone has a voice like warm honey. Damn I could just drink that. Adam still kills it as Jimmy, of course. Lily is still very forgettable, unfortunately. I know that might be partly due to her character, but Michelle gets one of the best lines in It's All Over. Perhaps because she is meant to be 'the replacement' we are not supposed to care much for her, so in that respect, perhaps Lily plays it well. I think it's a shame though, as I really enjoyed her in In the Heights. The show itself is still a technical and visual treat. It has one of the best sets I've seen in a long while, and the amount of talent is really inspiring. From the last time I saw the show, only three of the leads were the same last night, so it was effectively a very different show - which I loved! Personally, I feel that Amber has the slight edge over Marisha as Effie, but that really doesn't matter, because Marisha is still a force to reckoned with. When Amber eventually moves on, the job of main Effie has to belong to M. She's definitely proved herself more than worthy, and no-one else could touch it.
    View: I have zero complaints about the view - I was very fortunate that the lady in front of me was the only one on her row not to lean forwards, so my view of the stage was perfect. This was the second row of the grand circle so it didn't feel too far away either. Legroom: the legroom is a little inhibiting for those over six feet tall, whilst my knees did fit, once I was in, I was in for the duration, and there is little room for manoeuvre. Comfort: Due to the lack of ability to move I've had to knock a point off, but otherwise the comfort here is not too shabby. The entertainment totally makes up for it and you hardly notice after a short time!
    B13 Upper Circle - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle B13
  • amandareynolds 5"6 female 14 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 12th April 2017
    The vocals were just stunning and there were so many goosebump moments throughout the show! Amber Riley (Effie) was fantastic. Her vocal range and ability was immense. The growls and riffs and vocal power was amazing and literally brought the roof down. Her acting was also good, although personally I don’t really like the character she played her really well and it felt like she was Effie not just Amber from Glee. ‘I’m Not Going’ and ‘I’m Changing’ were real show stopper moments. However, I was instantly drawn to Liisi Lafontaine (Deena). She stood out because of her acting. She was always totally in character and the emotions she displayed were really true and honest. I felt more for her throughout the show than for the main character as it felt like Deena actually struggled more than Effie did. Her voice was amazing too and I loved the soft quality to it, something that Amber didn’t really show. The duet between Amber and Liisi in Act II ‘Listen’ was just amazing and I felt their vocals really matched each others. Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell) was a very comic addition. Her face was always lit up and she played the other half to Jimmy really well. Again she had a great voice, especially in ‘Ain’t No Party’ where she also had the audience in laughter. Unfortunately Joe Aaron Reid was not on but I saw his understudy Rohan Richards (Curtis) who was just fantastic. Brilliant acting, dancing and singing at all times. I loved the song ‘Steppin’ to the Bad Side’ where the harmonies and choreography were just awesome. Tyrone Huntley (C.C) was really super too, although I did wish he had more songs as his voice is divine. Adam J. Bernard (Jimmy) had also won an Olivier Award 3 days prior and was in full command of the stage and audience. I really enjoyed his performances and he was really funny and larger than life without being over-bearing or unbelievable as a character. I think it would have been good to see more of his struggles during the show too as I did find it glossed over some of the issues but I guess it had to cut some elements out to make sure it lasted less than 2 hours 30 mins. The choreography was fairly simple but effective and it felt true to the era. The costumes were to die for! So much sparkle and glamour! Plus I felt that the ‘normal’ clothes were very well thought about and fitted the correct time period and fashions for young Americans. The quick costume changes were very swift with no major errors. I was really impressed with the set. The set was very simplistic with revolving lights which meant that you could see both on stage and back stage depending on which way they were turned. This was a really clever idea rather than having the performers coming on and off stage each time. The extra props and moving set pieces were all used effectively and were good quality which added to the high end factor of a West End show. The ensemble were all very talented but I felt they were not that prominent in the show. As always without them the show would be more of a concert but they were mainly in the background and it was quite hard to actually see who was on stage. Saying that they all did a great job and I did enjoy the busy feel on stage with the ensemble taking various roles and often just walking on and off stage to add to the effect of being backstage. Having been a fan of the film the music was quite different. I enjoyed the harmonies, especially the guys. Some of the main songs were the same but with slightly different arrangements. I really enjoyed all of the songs and felt that each song was relevant and fitting to the musical. I would definitely recommend the show!
    Sat in Stalls H17
    This seat is almost dead centre so you can see the whole stage including all of the exits and entrances. It has a good rake so from here I could see everything without having to stretch. Fantastic view. The seats are quite lumpy and I have found that some seats are better than others in this theatre. The leg room can be a bit tight too so if you have longer legs you may want to opt for an aisle seat.
    H17 Stalls - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls H17
  • sammyrandall 5"8 female 5 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 13th May 2017
    Sensational. I had seen the film and had high expectations but nothing could have prepared me for what the show was actually like. I am a massive Glee fan so Amber Riley taking on the role of Effie White was a major factor for me and I was lucky enough to see her. However, I have heard that the alternate and understudy Effie's are just as brilliant. The show itself is fast-paced and I personally liked that. Each scene was executed perfectly and was so slick and professional. The costumes are beautiful and the way the light caught certain ones was clearly visible from my seat in the Dress Circle which I thought was lovely. Some of the costume changes are incredibly quick too and look amazing. The set is beautiful, special mention must go to THAT beaded curtain in Act 2 - it's just stunning. The music is just gorgeous. Like a lot of people in the audience, I knew 3 of the major numbers in the show, however all the other songs were completely original and unheard of to me and I thoroughly enjoyed every one. The cast were insanely talented, obviously Amber Riley was the "star", however, every single person on that stage put in a fantastic performance and really made the show a spectacle. I was expecting fans to cheer and clap when Amber was singing however, the cheering started as soon as she came on stage before she had even said a word! It quickly became apparent that she was born to play this role and the standing ovation at the end of Act 1 and well into the interval was truly deserved. Her rendition of "And I Am Telling You" gave me goosebumps and made me shed a few tears... She ripped the song apart and gave it so much emotion that even people on the back row were whooping with joy. Liisi LaFontaine and Carly Mercedes Dyer were beautifully cast as Deena and Lorrell. Their humour was infectious and the their vocals sublime. I have now come to realise, through reading the programme, that Carly is an understudy. However, I believe she put in a performance worthy of the lead role. I personally loved the interpretation of Curtis by Joe Aaron Reid; I thought he played the part so incredibly well that I found myself loving the villain! Every other member of the cast was fantastic, however my standout performance was Tyrone Huntley as C.C, he played the part so well that I forgot he was an actor. The Savoy Theatre itself is stunning, the staff were friendly and helpful and the seats were comfortable. And I Am Telling You... I'm going again soon!! 5*
    This seat had been marked as "restricted view", however, I did not think this was true at all! There is a safety rail but at no time during the performance did it bother me. Legroom was average but towards the end of the performance, I was starting to jiggle around and was finding it difficult to do so.
    J2 Dress Circle - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle J2
Seats throughout the Savoy Theatre are exceptional, particularly in the Upper Circle for those who wish to see the show on a budget. Sit in the mid-front of the Stalls for the best and most immersive experience.
Savoy Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End debut in a much-anticipated premiere of popular Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Star of the smash-hit show about the misfits who love music, Riley heads up the cast as Effie White, the role which earned Jennifer Hudson an Academy Award for the 2006 film. Dreamgirls charts the rise of Motown girl group “The Dreams” and began lighting up London’s Savoy Theatre from November 2016.

Dreamgirls first opened on Broadway in 1981 and was nominated for a staggering thirteen Tony Awards. After winning six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards in 1982, the musical went on to win two Grammy Awards, including Best Cast Show Album. In 2006, the film which starred Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx was commended with several nominations.

Set in 1960’s Chicago during the dawning era of Rhythm and Blues, Dreamgirls follows three sensational singers as they journey to the top of the charts. “The Dreams” perform regularly and are soon discovered by Curtis Taylor, a former car salesman turned manager. Soon, the girls shoot to fame but are quick to realise that fame is not as fabulous as they once thought, when lead vocalist Effie is replaced by the more dazzling Deena. Based on the successes of music from The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown, Dreamgirls includes numbers such as ‘Family’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘One Night Only’ and the showstopper ‘And I Am Telling You’.

Riley is best-known for her stint in America’s popular musical show Glee, in which she played the soul diva powerhouse, Mercedes Jones, who even sang ‘And I Am Telling You’ in one episode. Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon, Aladdin) directs the London revival, which features the original Award-winning book and score by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger. Dreamgirls is produced by the prolific Sonia Friedman, whose shows are nominated for an impressive twenty Olivier Awards. Having began performances at the Savoy Theatre in November 2016, Dreamgirls is one of the most talked about shows of the year.

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.

Confirmed holiday dates: 29 & 30 June, 1 July, 4 & 5 July, 1 - 5 August, 26 & 27 September, 13 & 14 October, 17 October. Amber Riley will also be on holiday for Tuesday 27th June, Wednesday 28th June and Thursday, 6th July. Please note, she will perform on Monday 26th June which is a change to the usual Monday schedule.
Fans of the film will love this stage revival, which first opened on Broadway. Dreamgirls contains very mild adult themes, but is overall suitable for all ages. Very young children will not be admitted into the theatre.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+