Starring: Amber Riley, Ruth Brown, Karen Mav
Booking until: Saturday, 12 January 2019
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Saturday, 12 January 2019
2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)
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 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 634 reviews
A must see... amazing voice!!
June Lynneth London Box Office customer
Victoria London Box Office customer
2 Hours of Screaming
Stephen London Box Office customer
Karen London Box Office customer
Very loud and incoherent
This is a very loud show where most of the music and acting is shouting at each other. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of melodic music or variation. Also I couldn't understand most of the dialog or the lyrics due to the shouting style.
Graham London Box Office customer
My friend and I had been promising ourselves tickets for the past 2 years, tickets were expensive , but eventually found the right price for our budget and had really good seats. Outstanding cast, we laughed we cried it was spine tingling when the actress who plays Effie sang amazing voice with great projection and passion. Could have done with being one row back as we did feel a little too close to the stage but that did not stop us enjoying every single second of the show.
Nikki London Box Office customer
Great performances by cast, strong vocals & fantastic singing
Fock London Box Office customer
Very colourful but the songs were not memorable would have been better if they were known Motown numbers
DENIS London Box Office customer
Stunning and sparkling!
Amanda London Box Office customer
Took a little time to get going and follow the storyline. Amazing singers but found that some songs sounded more shouty
Clare London Box Office customer
A must see! Moving.
The seats although upper circle were very good and the general atmosphere was amazing. Definitely worth seeing. The singing absolutely amazing.
Dominique London Box Office customer
The voices were not audible as to the lyrics
Shankar London Box Office customer
John London Box Office customer
Energetic and exciting
Ffion Katie London Box Office customer
Such a great show with amazing singers! The only thing I would say is it too loud at times, making it difficult to understand what some of the characters were saying at points as it became distorted with the sheer volume. All in all was an amazing theatre performance and would recommend it to anyone!
Emma London Box Office customer
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish and the theatre is absolutely wonderful
Kathryn London Box Office customer
Vivien London Box Office customer
Really good evening - staff were great, very engaging and chatt throughout the night. Straight forward collecting tickets and getting to your seat. Good evening overall!
Michael London Box Office customer
We were evacuated from the theater after the first half and didn’t get to c the rest of the show ( I think there was a fire somewhere)
Tamar London Box Office customer
funny and interestinf
the show was great and the music was too loud
Judy London Box Office customer
high energy, fun & emotional performance!
Sophie London Box Office customer
Michelle London Box Office customer
I’m in awe of the talent!
Pauline London Box Office customer
A little loud in places, but overall very good show.
Wendy London Box Office customer
A must see show, totally amazing...
This was the most amazing show. the singing was out of this world, just mind blowing talent.
Carol London Box Office customer
Bit slow to start, but in the end what an absolutely fabulous show. Not going for the story line which was ok, but the voices and talents of all the singers. One song in particular will remain with you. outstanding.
Maz London Box Office customer
Insane vocals, loved it
jackie London Box Office customer
Had a cheeky bit of fun thrown in and amazing singing
Stacey London Box Office customer
Great Show, Full of Soul
Fantastic Show. Full of energy and superb Music. Acting was excellent and really enjoyed the guy who was like a young James Brown. Excellent Show and was a very much loved Birthday treat for my Wife.
Simon London Box Office customer
I love dreamgirls - watched the movie at least 3 times. I had standard expectations that were completely surpassed! And I’m someone that admittedly is difficult to please. I was in awe of their talent and couldn’t help but laugh out loud at jimmy early. Dark chocolate brother with sooo much talent
Abimbola London Box Office customer
great show, especially Jimmy!
Adam London Box Office customer
Annette London Box Office customer
It never stops and you’re overwhelmed by light, sound, music, costumes, actors, voices... the cast is simply amazing with special mention to the leads roles of Jimmy and Eve. Fantastic voices, acting and presence.
Veronique London Box Office customer
Mariana London Box Office customer
Feel good music I was singing for days
Amazing show especially the songs which were performed brilliantly and so catchy I was singing them for days. I would definately go and see this show again
Rachel London Box Office customer
I would go and see it again.
James London Box Office customer
Not the best show I have seen
I was disappointed with this show I thought the singing was at a very high pitch at times
Steven London Box Office customer
Great costumes. powerful singing!
Deborah London Box Office customer
Excellent entertainment. Great music. Terrific performances. Boundless energy. Great fun.
Gerald London Box Office customer
Utterly fabulous show breathtakingly superb singing, spine tingling....
Lynn London Box Office customer
This was one of the best shows I’ve ever been lucky enough to see. From the unbelievable gifted singers to the story line I cannot praise them enough. They certainly gave Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé a run for their money
Heather London Box Office customer
What a great show
Great show, amazing lead and the finale in the first half is probably the highlight of the show, such passion and energy. So many damp tissues following the last note! Wow!!
James London Box Office customer
It was an absolute dream!!!
This show is a must see. Highly glitzy and entertaining from start to finish.
Ann London Box Office customer
Amazing singing, swinging soul music and sparkling costumes
William London Box Office customer
Great show-great singers
Alan London Box Office customer
Love that show just perfect
Nasser London Box Office customer
Fantastic performance !
William London Box Office customer
Not to be missed!!
Exceptional musical!! The singing and dancing were mind blowing. Magnificent costumes. Very emotional. Brought tears to my eyes and smiles to my face. So pleased we managed to purchase tickets when we visited London. I would suggest watching the DVD before you go so that you can get a better understanding of the story. Could not fault anything about the show.
Bryan London Box Office customer
I am crazy about musicals and have seen many different shows around the world (London, New York, Helsinki, São Paulo, Toronto...). This was by far one of the best musical productions I have seen, especially because the actors hit it out of the ballpark! I would definitely recommend anyone who loves musicals and great singing to go see this show!
Raul London Box Office customer
Loved the show...everything about it was top class!
Orla London Box Office customer
They sing very well.
see peng London Box Office customer
Unfortunately, the person two seats down from us was very sick and we (and a number of other people) had to leave our seats and stand at the back for most of the first half of the show. We were then reseated during the interval. The staff were very attentive and looked after us well.
Craig London Box Office customer
reza London Box Office customer
Great singing and acting - a few nuances from the film were missing but it didn’t detract from the show
Russell London Box Office customer
unbelieveable performance from the lead singer, such a powerful voice.
THOMAS London Box Office customer
Wow Effies Voice! Visited 11/4/18
Lisa London Box Office customer
Show was amazing and the seats were great value for money.
Sarah London Box Office customer
Awesome- never been in tears at a musical before and was twice! Enough said!
Sarah London Box Office customer
All actors were incredibly enthusiastic and had amazing voices - so much energy! Was so refreshing to see an almost entirely African-American cast that stayed true to the historical background of the play. Would definitely go to see it again! Would thoroughly recommend.
Kay London Box Office customer
Not knowing anything about the Dreamgirls story line, I went along with an open mind. It was a play my friend wanted to see as she was a fan of the film. So tickets were purchased as a birthday present for her. Neither one of us was disappointed and left the show reeling over how good it was.
Penny London Box Office customer
Fantastic not to be missed
Loved the show everything about it was wonderful!
Lee London Box Office customer
Fantastic singing and great story line x
Claire London Box Office customer
Loved the show. Great story with fantastic music. Singing voices were really emotional.
Sangeeta London Box Office customer
An absolute must see!
Fantastic way to spend time. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Paul London Box Office customer
A must see!
Nurdinie Mei London Box Office customer
A great cast performance for lovers of dance and Motown
Jeffrey London Box Office customer
Amazing show - feel good !
It was so good and our seats were great - could see everything ! The lights were slightly blinding should advise if you are epileptic . Voices and outfits were so amazing ! Fab show - will defo see again
Rachelle London Box Office customer
Krista London Box Office customer
Very entertaining afternoon
vanessa London Box Office customer
A must see!!!
Amazing show and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the family
RHODRI London Box Office customer
It was breathtaking. The singing and acting were exceptional!!
Gisela London Box Office customer
Great cast. Just brilliant
Clare London Box Office customer
Jakov London Box Office customer
One of the best shows I have seen. The most amazing singing ever.
Sue London Box Office customer
energetic and powerful
Candida London Box Office customer
The singing was out standing so powerful
Vanslin London Box Office customer
Brillant ! Must see
Alain London Box Office customer
Must see if in London
Daniel London Box Office customer
A Must See!
Aisling London Box Office customer
You won’t be disappointed
Stella London Box Office customer
Ann London Box Office customer
music a bit to loud in the first part much better much better after intarval
PETER London Box Office customer
12 Jun 2018 in News
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.Read more
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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