Starring: Amber Riley, Ruth Brown, Karen Mav
Booking from: Saturday, 19 November 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 21 October 2017
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 on Wednesday evenings until week ending 5th February, thereafter on Monday evenings). This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Saturday, 21 October 2017
If you were lucky enough to catch the original 1981 musical or the 2006 film, you'll be raring to go. Dreamgirls is back on stage and it's a fresh new version designed to delight. The star of the show this time around is Glee's Amber Riley, a songstress to reckon with and a diva with a truly massive voice.
Amber Riley has played the role of the remarkable soul diva Mercedes Jones through six seasons of Glee, the hit TV show, and by all accounts she won the central role of Effie with ease.
Rather than stick to the original, producer Sonia Friedman has completely re imagined the story to give it a boost worthy of the 21st century. It's just as powerful now as it was back then. The music is a legend too, courtesy of Henry Krieger, and the lyrics and book are by Tom Eyen.
The story explores the life and times of the Dreams, a young female singing trio, and their rise to super-stardom in the glittering 1960s. Apparently the award-winning Friedman has acquired the rights for a full West End production of the show, and Casey Nicholaw – who directed The Book of Mormon and Aladdin – is tipped to direct.
The details are fairly sketchy right now but we'll know the full story by March 2016. The show's actually set to hit the stage in late 2016.
The new production has caused an international stir, with newspapers all over the world – including the Indian Express – reporting on Amber Riley's involvement. It just goes to show what an enduringly popular and inspirational story it is.
Dream Girls – The story
It's 1960s Detroit. A talented girl soul band, the Dreams, is about to go for gold. If that sounds familiar, it's loosely based on the amazing tale of Diana Ross and The Supremes. This is an iconic musical tracing the lives and loves of the band and the people they encounter, remarkably convincing and studded with beautiful soul music.
What does Amber Riley say? Her pleasure is clear. She's very excited indeed. In her words, “I am so honoured and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw. Working on the West End is now a dream realised, I just feel like this is going to be something special!”
Dreamgirls previews at the Savoy Theatre in November, and opens officially the following month. If you only see one musical this year, it's worth waiting for this one!
Dream Girls tickets – Fabulous music, a glittering show
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Amber Riley is the undoubted star of this dazzling show Evening Standard
Every soul on the Savoy stage sounds and looks dynamic - and I mean dynamic. There really cannot be a better ensemble in the West End right now The Arts Desk
Casey Nicholaw’s direction and choreography is so slick that the energy simply bounces off the stage Broadwayworld
Fantastically entertaining ride on a showbiz rollercoaster The Guardian
It really is worth waiting for The Hollywood Reporter
A show with tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit Daily Telegraph
A dream of a show The Stage
Like a force of nature, Amber Riley has stormed the London stage Metro
Casey Nicholaw’s version (of Dreamgirls) is the solid-gold real deal Daily Mail
Amber Riley gives a blazing performance as Effie The Independent
A blazing leading lady in Amber Riley New York Times
What to expect:Acting:
based on 54 reviews
Fantastic show! The quality of the singing is amazing! It's like going to a Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé concert combined! Sooo powerful! The set is stunning!! & amazing dance acts! I have been to a lot of Westend shows but this one tops them all!!! I would highly recommend it to all!!
Wendy London Box Office customer
This show took my breath away! It's been a dream to see it on stage and it was well worth the wait! Amber Riley was incredible and brought me and my mum to tears with her heart felt performance! When I watched it all I could think was when can I see this again! Booking tickets immediately! So many diamonds I needed sun glasses! Xxxx
Ella London Box Office customer
Jane London Box Office customer
Amazing! Best show I have seen!
Best show! I have seen it twice now. Amber Riley is out of this world. I have never heard a voice like it! This show is working class.
Samantha London Box Office customer
The theater alone was a pleasure to be in
Clinton London Box Office customer
Riki London Box Office customer
Emotional but truly uplifting
Maxine London Box Office customer
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole show and it was easy to understand and follow the story with the change in the music and attitudes during the decades. The singing (especially Effy character) gave us goose bumps. Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon
Tracey London Box Office customer
Alison London Box Office customer
Amazing from start to finish
Julie London Box Office customer
so amazing I am still feeling the joy
The show was amazing I truly connected with the story and the music was excellent want to see it again and again
Faith London Box Office customer
Brilliant a must see
Jennifer London Box Office customer
Richard M London Box Office customer
Excellent Theatre and fabulous Show
Would highly recommend the Savoy Theatre and the show was amazing. Loved every second of it. Will be revisiting this Theatre again
zoe London Box Office customer
I want to watch it again!
Irene London Box Office customer
An amazing night out!
Ali London Box Office customer
The cast were great. The show was fabulous but overshadowed by a noisy female behind me swearing her head off! Not decent behaviour considering the surroundings. However this isn't a negative comments about the show but it impacted on my enjoyment. The theatre was also a little cold.
Julie London Box Office customer
Standing Ovation Well Deserved
Fabulous - incredible talent. exhilarating from start to the end.
Theresa London Box Office customer
Fantastic show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Georgina London Box Office customer
What a fabulous show Dreamgirls is. My daughter really wanted to see Amber Riley as Effie as she is a huge Glee fan but the actress who replaced her and the entire cast are excellent, so talented. In fact we want to book up to see it again
Julie London Box Office customer
Carlos London Box Office customer
Supreme talent, wild emotion, gripping spectacle.........how can you enjoy theatre more than this????
Nicholas London Box Office customer
Left after the first half. Storyline was poor and singing was more like screeching very disappointed and would not tecommend
Sally London Box Office customer
Fab show from start to finish
Very moving in parts , I even cried
Senga London Box Office customer
Fantastic! Absolutely loved it! Would go again! 10/10. Exceptional vocals! Amazing!!
Janet London Box Office customer
Amazing, astounding and captivating.
Richard London Box Office customer
The quality of the singing is out of this world. And the emotions poured into every single number is outstanding. A must see, again and again!
Mark London Box Office customer
Waste of money
Left at the interval, most boring show we have ever seen! Acting was very amateur.
N London Box Office customer
Heidi London Box Office customer
Amber Riley was exceptional! It was worth going to see the show just to hear her sing 'I'm not leaving '!
Caroline London Box Office customer
A MUST SEE !!!!
Rita London Box Office customer
Cynthia London Box Office customer
Andrea London Box Office customer
Awesome show. Highly recommend.
Stephen London Box Office customer
Dean London Box Office customer
I just loved it. I sang, laughed, cried and cheered.
Sharon London Box Office customer
Stuart London Box Office customer
Raymond London Box Office customer
The whole experience was first class
joanne London Box Office customer
One night only
Angela London Box Office customer
Best show Iv seen must Sea
Amazing everything about it was fantastic ❤️
Amanda London Box Office customer
Good story about that you want and how you try get that you want. If you real want to be a star, need show for everyone that you can
Is to loudly sing, sometimes screaming, not singing.
Eugenija London Box Office customer
Great performance. The voice that amber riley has is beyond this world.
Leon London Box Office customer
Olalekan London Box Office customer
11 Jan 2017 in Reviews
DREAMGIRLS, charting the rise to success of a 1960's Supremes-style girl group 'The Dreams', crackles along at a lively pace with plenty of soul, sass and colour.
Against the backdrop of America's post-civil rights movement of the 60's and 70's, we follow the girls from slightly awkward teen hopefuls, 'The Dreamettes', through the trials and tribulations of showbiz to become the hugely successful 'Dreams'.Read more
17 May 2016 in Casts
There’s only six months to go until the BIG musical of 2016 opens at the Savoy Theatre. It’s DREAM GIRLS of course and the producers have announced a new tidbit of information to keep us intrigued.
It’s already been reported that Amber Riley will only play the lead role for seven performances a week. This isn't unusual when a part is exhausting to sing. The artist’s vocal chords just can’t take the gruelling schedule and if you go to a matinee or Monday night show in the West End and on Broadway you’ll often see the cover, what used to be called the understudy, standing in for the star.Read more
04 Apr 2016 in New Shows
It’s been a long wait!
Thirty-five years after its ground-breaking original Broadway production the West End will finally get its own production of Tony Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS when it opens at the Savoy Theatre in November, 2016.Read more
14 Mar 2015 in News
The word on the theatrical grapevine is that prolific producer Sonia Friedman has battled off tough competition to secure the rights to the iconic Broadway musical Dreamgirls, and has her sights on a big West End opening.
Dreamgirls first opened on Broadway back in 1981 at the Imperial Theatre to a rapturous reception. The production was nominated for 13 Tony Awards including for Best Musical, and won six. The show was revived again on Broadway in 1987, but it has never ventured over to the West End.Read more
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