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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.
Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+