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Amber Riley, Ruth Brown, Karen Mav
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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Recommended for:Anyone (78%)
I bought two tickets for my niece's 18th birthday present, as she really wanted to see the show. She was beyond words and very excited to go and see the show, she took her mother with her and they both said it was the best show they have seen. The singing was fantastic, the acting and atmosphere was brilliant. They had a fantastic time and they both said they would see it again. Only let down was the price of drinks at the interval £27 for 2 wines / or £70 for a bottle of prosecco, that is outrageous.
Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by Jeanette, London, United Kingdom
Fabulous show, singing is absolutely magical. Great acting from all. Simply beautiful and a must see!
Reviewed on 13 January 2019 by Eve, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 January 2019 by Clare, Leigh On Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Christine, Watford, United Kingdom
Good pace, fine performances, picked up as went along
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Kate, London, United Kingdom
So good loved every minute of the show. The singing and performances was exquisite.
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Makaila, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Dorinda, Crawley, United Kingdom
Best show ever Nicole dennis as Effie was phenomenal And loved Jimmy charactar
Reviewed on 11 January 2019 by Millie, Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
The show was Excellent, from start to finish. The Actors, Music and Story were great
Reviewed on 10 January 2019 by Simon, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 January 2019 by Elizabeth, Warrington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 January 2019 by Mike, Heywood, United Kingdom
My friends and I found the show very boring. There was no real plot line and you couldn't often hear what the actors were singing - when you could hear the lyrics, they just kept repeating the same line over and over again. Very poorly written. I would not bother going to see this show - you will be disappointed.
Reviewed on 07 January 2019 by Vicki, Sidcup, United Kingdom
The colours ...the humour ....the music....the actors.....the emotions ....simply loved it!!!
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Stella, Newbury, United Kingdom
Loved the show , singing was amazing a must see show if you are in London
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Debbie, Egham, United Kingdom
Amazing if you didn’t see it in London look out for where it is going it may becoming to a theatre near you. I would go and see it again. Yesterday was my second seeing of the show.
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Julie, Grendon Underwood, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 January 2019 by Jennifer, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 January 2019 by Darren, Fareham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed the whole performance
Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by Susan, Herts, United Kingdom
Was really great in parts but although we like music it was a bit to screamy and story not great.
Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by Stephen, Mansencôme, United Kingdom
Fast moving storyline, the singing and costumes are fab.
Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by Paul, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by Alison, Cardiff, United Kingdom
From the opening music/scene to the closing scene I was mesmerised. Absolutely brilliant and would see again.
Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by Yvonne, Enfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Louis, Recherswil, Switzerland
Show was fantastic, seen the movie a few times and loved it. A few of my friends hadnt seen the film but said the show was one of the best they have seen
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Leanne, Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by Marian, Luton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Dionne, Ngau Chi Wan, Hong Kong
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Denise, Birmingham, United Kingdom
The show was great loved the story telling, acting and singing also lots of stunning costumes and speed of the changes. Was slightly noisy at times but did not detract from the enjoyment of a very entertaining show.
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Ann, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Fantastic feel good show
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Lionel, Hastings, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Ian, Bournemouth,, United Kingdom
Excellent show, casts were fantastic with easy to follow storyline. Really enjoyable family show. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Merthlyn, Romford, United Kingdom
Beautiful impressive show, enjoyed very much, good songs choices and very powerful beautiful voices , a little too loud and intense, but definitely worth seeing it, credit to an actors really hard workers.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Dileta, London, United Kingdom
I loved the show but was saddened by the lack of etiquette of the people sitting around me, since when has it been good manners to eat sweets so that the entire theatre can hear you, Delve into boxes of popcorn and haribo type sweets and make even more noise. My son in law and best friend have decided to not attend the theatre anymore as the performance are invariably spoilt by theatre goers with no etiquette.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Jennifer, Romford, United Kingdom
The show was fab.. I sat in a good seat. All the dancers and singers were good, the bigger lady was soooo good and funny.This show tickes all the boxes. So glad I booked on line in Australia. All the staff were very helpful. A happy afternoon for Susan from Australia
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Susan, Arana Hills, Australia
Everything about this show was fantastic. It was comical, amazing costumes and brilliant lighting. Definitely go and see before it finishes on the 12th January!
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Chichi, Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Susan, Twickenham, United Kingdom
Good right from the start the finish
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Kai-nneka, London, United Kingdom
The whole production was amazing!
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Chevone, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Saverio, Genova, Italy
Overall very satisfied with the show, the venue location, the wardrobe and top performances. If you are taking someone in a wheelchair it is rather difficult to access the "wheelchair access" into the theater as you have to go around (approx 10 minute walk) and the ways is a steep descent.
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Maria Cristina, London, United Kingdom
Too loud not much of a story much better shows to see came out at half time
Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by Susan, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by Chika, London, United Kingdom
We felt the first half of the show was run through quite quickly and that some if the singers were drowned out by the band so you couldn’t hear them, we you could they were excellent!! Would still recommend though.
Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by Anthea, Worcester Park, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by Francis, Mitcham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Chelsea, Streatham, United Kingdom
Story was easy to follow and music really enjoyable. Singers were exceptional!
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Angela, Enfield, United Kingdom
In 50 years I don’t think I have ever experienced the power of the human voice like this. A standing ovation in the middle of the show and unstoppable tears that came from the shere emotion in those voices.
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Cathy, Farnham, United Kingdom
Dreamgirls was just that a dream. The singers are all great, the story line played beautiful! Overrall 5 stars for me!
Reviewed on 14 December 2018 by Daniela, Brooklyn, United States Of America
Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by Lelane, Reading, United Kingdom
Every actors and actresses were good singers and the show made me very exciting.
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by Tomoko, Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by Jasmine, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by Lyn, New Milton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by Ariane, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amazing! Wish I could go back tomorrow
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Samantha, Wrexham, United Kingdom
The singing was shouty the sound was tremble
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Linda, Wisbech Cambs, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Rosemary, Gillingham, United Kingdom
This show did not disappoint acting singing by everyone first class - costumes amazing - would say to anyone go and see this
Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Susan, Tetney, United Kingdom
My seats were in the grand circle very please with my seat and the view
Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by Abi, Essex, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by Susan Jane, Wilson, United States
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 :)
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Adrien, London, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by Sara, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Natalia, London, United Kingdom
Fantastic voices and music
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Patrick, Selby , Nth Yorks, United Kingdom
Some great singing, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe in parts there could have been more acting and less songs
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by James, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Gerhard, Wilhering, Austria
Absolutely phenomenal. Magical all way through. And those voices - what a talents.
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Riina, Bromley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Jouni, Helsinki, France
A fantastic show. The singing blew me away. A must to see.
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Nicola, Truro, United Kingdom
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!!!
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Karim, Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Christine, South Ruislip, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by James, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by Leif Roar, Trondheim, Norway
Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by Alison, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by Sarah, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Caitrin, Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
Couldn't keep still the whole show...it was amazing! Singing was phenomenal!
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Talia, Suffern, United States Of America
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Annick, Las Torres De Cotillas, Spain
An entertaining story superbly staged excellent singing powerful.oergormances from the lead actors. The singing was excellent Moved to tears by the songs .
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Lorraine, Lincoln, United Kingdom
This show is amazing; get your tickets
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Matt, Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by David, Poole, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 November 2018 by Dick, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reviewed on 21 November 2018 by Angela, Grantham, United Kingdom
Beautifully presented and captivating talent. A must see
Reviewed on 21 November 2018 by Shukri, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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!!
Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by Trina, West Bromwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by Donatas, Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Alan, Burntwood, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Cristina, Milan, Italy
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.
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Gwyneth, London, United Kingdom
Music cast story everything was great
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Helen, Watford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Daliborka, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Sarah, St John’swood, United Kingdom
Highly recommend this musical, brilliant vocals and highly enjoyable
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by G, Rotherham, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Lynda, Salt Spring Island British Columbia, Canada
Wow - amazing show - the big number just before the interval is emotionally charged those vocals were something else
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Sue, Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 12 November 2018 by Dawn, Weymouth, United Kingdom
Dancing could have been better singing brilliant and acting was ok
Reviewed on 12 November 2018 by Pamela, Dublin 13, Ireland
Reviewed on 11 November 2018 by Jean, South Croydon, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Loraine, Auckland, New Zealand
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.
Reviewed on 09 November 2018 by Mary, Franklin, United States Of America
Gives you goosebumps. The singing is tremendous!!! A must see.
Reviewed on 09 November 2018 by Sharon, York, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, June 12 2018, 13:45
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.Dreamgirls sets closing date in the West End
by Joseph Wicks | Wednesday, January 11 2017, 13:07
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'.Review: DREAMGIRLS at The Savoy Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, May 17 2016, 10:46
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.Who will be your Dream Girl?
by Phil Willmott | Monday, April 4 2016, 15:34
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.Snap up your Dreamgirls tickets! This is going to sell out!