Starring: Amber Riley, Ruth Brown, Karen Mav
Booking until: Saturday, 12 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019
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!
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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 The Daily Telegraph
A dream of a show The Stage
Casey Nicholaw’s version (of Dreamgirls) is the solid-gold real deal Daily Mail
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based on 814 reviews
Amazing! Wish I could go back tomorrow
Samantha London Box Office customer
The singing was shouty the sound was tremble
Linda London Box Office customer
A fantastic show. Loved the costumes especially the glitter and sparkle. I walk with a rollator, and the young member of staff ( he was 18) who saw me to my seat was very attentive, and really looked after me. The system of ordering and receiving drinks and snacks at our seats worked really well. Although perhaps a little pricey. The young guy who assisted me also explained that they like people to leave their rubbish in the bags that the snacks arrived in as when collected they are sorted out and recycled.
Rosemary London Box Office customer
This show did not disappoint acting singing by everyone first class - costumes amazing - would say to anyone go and see this
Susan London Box Office customer
My seats were in the grand circle very please with my seat and the view
Abi London Box Office customer
Two hours of screaming songs
What an aweful show. The music was boring, “the singing” was screaming every note. The show is way over amplified- we left at intermission after enduring that godaweful song that was screamed for a full ten mjnutes. I truly wish I had my money and my afternoon back.
Susan Jane London Box Office customer
This show is up there with the best ! Vocally I have never been blown away as much by any other show, it is just unheard of. it will make you shiver ! It's an emotional feel good show. The Actors are mind blowing, the costumes and set beautiful and original and, man, that music will make you want to dance and cry all night ! This show deserves 6 stars. go see it before it leaves !! those girls will make you dream !! Leading ladies Brennyn Lark, Marisha Wallace and Asmeret Ghebremichael definitely have a bright future ahead :)
Adrien London Box Office customer
very positive feeling for evening out
you cannot help but leave the theatre feeling very 'up'. Amazing energy given to the audience by the cast members. I would recommend to anyone.
Sara London Box Office customer
Must see before it goes
Natalia London Box Office customer
Fantastic voices and music
Patrick London Box Office customer
Some great singing, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe in parts there could have been more acting and less songs
James London Box Office customer
A must see great MUSIC and actors
Gerhard London Box Office customer
Absolutely phenomenal. Magical all way through. And those voices - what a talents.
Riina London Box Office customer
Great performance, go to see!
Jouni London Box Office customer
A fantastic show
A fantastic show. The singing blew me away. A must to see.
Nicola London Box Office customer
It’s not the first time I’ve been to watch this and definitely not the last. What an all round amazing experience. Can not fault it at all. It’s incredible. The singing, acting, outfits, everything! Love love love!!!
Karim London Box Office customer
Took our breath away
Christine London Box Office customer
James London Box Office customer
A must when going to London!
Leif Roar London Box Office customer
A must see
Alison London Box Office customer
A must see!
Brilliant show, a little slow in the beginning but it does improve rapidly! Would 10/10 see it again. Only downside was that the seats we had we’re restricted view which was not information given when the seats were booked.
sarah London Box Office customer
Very entertaining - the acting, the music, the setting!
Caitrin London Box Office customer
Fun and entertaining!
Couldn't keep still the whole show...it was amazing! Singing was phenomenal!
Talia London Box Office customer
Annick London Box Office customer
An entertaining story superbly staged excellent singing powerful.oergormances from the lead actors. The singing was excellent Moved to tears by the songs .
Lorraine London Box Office customer
Faultless, talented & awesome
This show is amazing; get your tickets
Matt London Box Office customer
I have been to a lot of West End shows over the years and this has to be the worst that I have ever been to. The singing was more like shouting and screeching.
David London Box Office customer
Best show everyboy great perfomers
Dick London Box Office customer
A great show, amazing voices
Angela London Box Office customer
Beautifully presented and captivating talent. A must see
Shukri London Box Office customer
See it whilst you still can!
I'm not one for the theatre - but booked to go with my sisters for my mums bday! I've never been so engaged in a production and felt so many emotions as I did watching dreamgirls! Honestly a must must must see! Loved every second! Effie's voice will blow you away - A VERY TALENTED CAST!!
Trina London Box Office customer
Donatas London Box Office customer
Stunning singing, a must see
Alan London Box Office customer
Their voices made me cry! Super singers
Cristina London Box Office customer
Definitely must see
Excellent show from start to finish. Don't be late as the beginning of the show sets the storyline for the rest of the play.
Gwyneth London Box Office customer
Music cast story everything was great
Helen London Box Office customer
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Sarah London Box Office customer
Highly recommend this musical, brilliant vocals and highly enjoyable
G London Box Office customer
Spectacular voices- stunning costumes
The ability of the performers and sheer energy of the performance was stunning. The music, rather than catchy show tunes, conveyed a depth of emotion and those emotions felt very real. It was great to see so many strong female performers together
Lynda London Box Office customer
Wow - amazing show - the big number just before the interval is emotionally charged those vocals were something else
Sue London Box Office customer
Effie was amazing 😉
Dreamgirls was amazing, it follows the story fully. I would advise to watch the film first to get the full power of the show. Effie was outstanding. My daughter and I loved every minute and would happily watch it again
Dawn London Box Office customer
Dancing could have been better singing brilliant and acting was ok
Pamela London Box Office customer
Jean London Box Office customer
Exceptionally talent bunch of actors. Some of the singing was very emotional - brought a tear to my eye when Effie sang her song after being dumped by the group. I really loved this show. Great 60’s music
Loraine London Box Office customer
Other than the couple of lovely duets the music was much too loud. I have seen over 75 musicals and have never had to plug my ears to understand the lyrics. It should not be a rock concert. The sound technician needs to turn off the mics because the actors’ voices don’t need the amplification. Very disappointing.
Mary London Box Office customer
Gives you goosebumps. The singing is tremendous!!! A must see.
Sharon London Box Office customer
Wow.... simply fantastic
Ralph London Box Office customer
Fantastic evening with the Dream girls
Birgitte Brink London Box Office customer
Very entertaining musical
Booked the show for our wedding anniversary as a special treat. Excellent acting, great costumes, powerful voices, excellent plot, we truly enjoyed our matinee performance. Stall seats are right at the bottom of the Theatre so be prepared to walk down two sets of stairs. Toilets are available on all floors as are bars. The Savoy Theatre is at a 5 minute walking distance from Charing Cross underground station and is surrounded by restaurants if you wish to have dinner after the show. The Savoy Hotel is next door and well know Salieri restaurant opposite across the road.
Aline London Box Office customer
Ellen London Box Office customer
This is entertainment at its very best, funny, absorbing, historical and something for all the family.
Veronica London Box Office customer
Absolutely brilliant , acting , singing & dance was just amazing. Would recommend to anyone thouroughly enjoyed it well worth the trip down from Liverpool .
Carol London Box Office customer
Touching story but slightly too high on the decibel range.
Very clever staging and lighting. Touching story. One very off-putting consideration is that a young woman was eating a sushi meal next to us and the area around her was thick with food smells. This MUST BE STOPPED.
Martin London Box Office customer
Full of energy
Great music the lead lady was amazing!
Leonie London Box Office customer
A must see
MARIANO London Box Office customer
£40 for two tickets in the upper section so not a great outlay for a London Theatre Show but just relieved I didn’t spend more. Wouldn’t recommend on any account.
Murray London Box Office customer
The girls were screaming, not singing.
Michele London Box Office customer
Amazing voices and staging!! Really great costumes too. Great for everyone.
Jennie London Box Office customer
Very good artists
Mubarik London Box Office customer
A must see
Muireann London Box Office customer
Perfect if you want to spend a good time!
Sara London Box Office customer
Fay London Box Office customer
A dream to watch
The best musical I have seen for a very long time
Beryl London Box Office customer
Strong female voices!
The show was itself quite good but the storyline had some deficits. It felt at times like the creators had too many ideas and wanted to give each a shot which resulted in flat side-narratives. Nevertheless, the voices of the three main female actors were phenomenal and are a must-hear!! Each has its own brilliance to it.
Patricia London Box Office customer
Dreamgirls the soundtrack
Audibly the show was brilliant, there are some fabulous vocals. Very humorous in places with a good storyline !
Yvonne London Box Office customer
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Joel London Box Office customer
Too “shouty”. Good voices overworked. No memorable songs. Stiff acting. Trite plot. Can’t see why it’s run for so long.
Gail London Box Office customer
Voices from another world
Daniel London Box Office customer
Holly London Box Office customer
A Spectacular Soul Singing Star has Risen
If you imagine the sun rises in the morning and starts to sing with power and warmth and feeling and soul......then you‘ll love this show!
Lester London Box Office customer
A must see
Sharon London Box Office customer
Very good performances especially from the actress playing Marisha Wallace (Effie White). She was simply outstanding and had the audience standing a couple times at her incredible vocals.
Junior London Box Office customer
Powerful musical production, the character Effie had such a wonderful voice
Really enjoyed the show but not much of a storyline
Marie London Box Office customer
A must see
Mandy London Box Office customer
Lisbeth London Box Office customer
Such great energy! Such great singing performances! The music, the costumes, the light ... Everything. Probably the best musical I've seen ❤
Corthouts London Box Office customer
A great show
We liked the powerful voices and the way the entire cast took us through the story.
Charles London Box Office customer
Good professional show
Enjoyed this show more than expected. It was well performed rate it good as it didn’t give me the goosebumps— had at Tina Turner show. Pleased I went even though I was tired, hence could of affected my judgement
vicki London Box Office customer
Jeff London Box Office customer
There was a technical problem on the show for 10nmin
Selim London Box Office customer
One of those must see shows.
Be patient during the first 15 minutes while the story gets going. The reward that follows is one of the best shows you will see ... ever. Singing and the orchestra are first class.. outstanding. You will leave the show with those songs and performances refusing to leave your mind. Fabulous.
ROBIN London Box Office customer
Clive London Box Office customer
This was an amazing show. The cast were unbelievable singers. The only downside is I wish there was a little more talking instead of singing in between songs. But it was still an amazing show.
Gina London Box Office customer
Poor sound quality and lots screeching
Costumes good but orchestra too loud and singers voices were not clear, which resulted in inability to hear the words of the songs. Some songs were better than others, but I would not recommend this show.
PAULEEN London Box Office customer
Too loud too much screaming. Just one constant shrill !!! A night mare of a show. It gave the six of us headaches. Hated every minute of it.
Michael London Box Office customer
NAJLA London Box Office customer
Best singing I have ever heard
Katie London Box Office customer
Weng Yew London Box Office customer
Fabulicious a must see
This show is awesome. Anyone & everyone should see it. The song your gonna love me gave me goose bumps. I can't say enough about it love love love
Tracie London Box Office customer
Costumes, dancing, music effort all amazing. We were in Row F and the view was faultless. The negatives were the voices of the talented singers were forced and strained to achieve the soul feeling. They don't need to be that loud. Maybe we were too close.
Angelo London Box Office customer
Excellent from start to finish!
Olanrewaju London Box Office customer
Dreamgirls was a dream
Syreeta London Box Office customer
Norah London Box Office customer
Effie was great. The acting from the cast was good only the show is not live music. Costumes were great and lighting as well. Good show
Lucille London Box Office customer
This was an amazing, wonderful musical, i felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up at parts. i recommend anyone who likes musicals to watch but it is definitely a girly musical.
Karen London Box Office customer
There were a couple crude sexual innuendos that I thought were inappropriate for under 15. The volume was also too high for such a small venue especially for the Effie character. Over all we enjoyed this production a great deal.
Kristine London Box Office customer
Great Experience, but bring ear plugs
When seeing DREAM GIRLSS you have one of two choices. (1) Take out your hearing aids, or (2) Bring Ear Plugs. The decibel levels were extremely high and it made the entire performance unpleased because our family all walk out with a harsh head ache. Possibly sitting in another section would help, but unfortunately we all had a bad experience. This makes the excellent singing go down the tube and you turn off high levels. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!! IT HAS GIVEN ME A VERY BAD OPINION OF DREAM GIRLS.
Richard London Box Office customer
Loraine London Box Office customer
12 Jun 2018
Hurry! If you haven't seen the glorious DREAMGIRLS in the West End you only have until January 12th when it closes in the West End ahead of a national tour.
It's one of the best loved musicals of the past 50 years, a reputation cemented by a terrific movie and the rave reviews of both critics and audiences who have seen it at the Savoy Theatre.
11 Jan 2017
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'.
17 May 2016
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.
04 Apr 2016
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.
14 Mar 2015
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.
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