Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court, The Strand
London, WC2R 0ET
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Opened: 19 Nov 2016
Booking from: 28 Mar 2017
Booking until: 21 Oct 2017
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)



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  • samhaydenharler 171cm male 2 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!
  • jamesatwill 178 male 39 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 5th December 2016
    I am not really sure where to start with the review - I left the theatre totally speechless, and still now the next morning I am buzzing! I didn't really know much about Dreamgirls, and haven't ever seen a previous production or the film. However I was a big fan of Glee and primarily wanted to see this to see Amber Riley on stage. I was fearful that Amber's voice on Glee might have been 'enhanced' for television, but all my doubts were dashed the minute she began to sing - she is an absolute STAR! Her performance of And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going is probably the best performance I have ever seen on a West End stage. Standing ovation at the interval, with the majority of the audience in tears - I haven't seen a reaction like it at any other show! The rest of the cast were just as brilliant - everyone has such talent, and a special mention must go to the guy playing Jimmy! Everything else about the show was just outstanding, notably the costumes. I can't wait to go back and see it again.
    Sat in Stalls BB9
    Most of the seats in the Savoy theatre are comfortable, and this one was no exception. As this is the very front row (at least it currently is for Dreamgirls) the legroom is good, and you don't have to stand up if people need to walk in front of you. This seat is pretty much right behind the orchestra conductor (it i raised my arm I could have touched him without really having to lean forward) - if you are easily distracted I could see this might be a problem, however after the first number I didn't really notice him (and as a musician myself I found it fascinating to see all of the sheet music in front of me!). The stage is relatively high, so you will need to look up, and you will not be able to see the feet of those on stage. However, I thought this seat was AMAZING and I would sit here again in a heart beat - you feel so involved with the action and the sound is great. I won this seat in the TodayTix lottery (They are currently running it for Dreamgirls, check if they are doing it for future productions - I'd highly recommend entering!) so for the amount I paid I thought these seats were the best value for money you can get in the West End!
    BB9 Stalls - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB9
  • mandygasson 27 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Dreamgirls, 7th March 2017
    No doubt the vocals in this show are phenomenal. Saw one of the alternate Effies and not Amber Riley. She was incredible though, wow that voice!!! However, overall, I felt a bit let down by the show. It just did not overwhelm me as I had hoped it would, which is such a shame. I definitely enjoyed it, and as I said, the singing was stunning, but the sound quality let it down, as sometimes it was so "belty", the mics could not handle it and it distorted a bit. Also, the direction was a bit off in a lot of places, and it did not ring true as a a story because of the directorial choices and staging. Lastly, there was a lot of times where the dialogue was lost as the actors just started speaking, or speak singing, whilst the audience were still clapping/cheering, so we could not hear what they said, which was a pity. Overall, great show, amazing vocals, but not quite living up to the hype.
    Surprisingly comfortable seats, with pretty good legroom. Fantastic view of the stage!
    C25 Dress Circle - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle C25
  • clairemichelle 5"3 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Dreamgirls, 1st March 2017
    I hadn't seen the film prior to seeing this show, and knew little about it. I found that rather than the songs fitting in with the storyline, as I enjoy, the songs were the majority of the storyline, so it felt rather more like a concert than a story telling experience. However, the performances were fab - all three main characters were understudies on the day I saw the show (and seem to be the majority of the time), but that didn't make it any less enjoyable to listen to. Marisha Wallace as Effie has an incredibly powerful voice and the crowd absolutely loved her.
    If half marks were available, I'd give this one 2.5 (2 seems harsh, 3 a little generous). There are two handrails within eyeline, which means that the performers cannot be seen at all times. Many times, I had to lean in order to see what was going on. However, there's a walkway directly in front of this row, rather than seats, which improves things slightly as you don't have the addition obstruction of people's heads. Seat was comfortable enough and leg room was average.
    F24 Upper Circle - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle F24
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.
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+