Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court, The Strand
London, WC2R 0ET
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Opened: 19 Nov 2016
Booking from: 27 Feb 2017
Booking until: 21 Oct 2017
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

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  • jamesatwill 178 male 35 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
  • Funthing29 5"1 female 101 reviews 10 helpful votes
    80% total rating Dreamgirls, 17th February 2017
    Very enjoyable show with incredible vocals and high energy performances. Amber Riley was not performing when I attended but her understudy was excellent with show stopping vocals of "I'm Not Going." I was impressed with the production and I would definitely recommend this.
    Sat in Stalls BB7
    Seat BB7 in the front row for Dreamgirls has much to recommend it: it is close to the stage, it is the middle of the row, no concerns about tall people sitting in front of you and the £15 price is very attractive. However even for front row seats this was closer to the stage than I was expecting. There is insufficient leg room (i.e. you have to get up to let people pass along the row) and my main concern is that I was almost sitting on top of the conductor (see pic)! I could have tapped him on the shoulder if I wanted and I was so close that I could read the lyrics and notes on his music sheets, which was at times distracting considering he was moving around and conducting the musicians. Don't get me wrong, this is great value for money but the show is not showcased to its fullest here, especially considering I never saw the actors' feet as the angle of the stage cropped everyone's legs from the knees down.
    BB7 Stalls - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB7
  • paulfootie 6'3" male 41 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 17th February 2017
    An excellent show. Fantastic performances and I saw it with an understudy replacing Amber (check dates as there are quite a few Amber doesn't perform on... caveats with this show!) But she was brilliant and received a standing ovation too!
    The seat is a standard theatre seat and not as 'sprung' as in the stalls but still comfortable. Legroom is as you'd expect in a theatre but because each row is 'steeped' your knees are actually not behind the seat in front but at the top of it. The view is excellent and because K11 is by the listing, box theatre is extra space there (I was in K12 my mate in K11) as there is no seat, just a space and a wall of the lighting box. See the picture below of the view but the safety rail does come into view for the very front of the stage but for this performance there was nobody in this area.
    K12 Upper Circle - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle K12
  • paulfootie 6'3" male 41 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Dreamgirls, 8th February 2017
    Wow wow wow! A real spectacular of a show. Great music. Great staging. Fantastic singing. Several times the audience clapped or stood to show appreciation during the show. What's not to like - sparkling costumes (Swarovski crystal involved!), simple but effective sets and brilliant songs and performances!! A must see - I'll be seeing this again!
    Sat in Stalls B12
    A usual flip up theatre seat. However at the Savoy (would you expect anything else?!) the seats are bigger and more padded or sprung so generally more comfortable than other theatres. The only down side is that they can be softer if the springs are weak!
    B12 Stalls - Savoy Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls B12
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.
Suitable For
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.