It may have taken 35 years to reach the West End but there's no denying that Dreamgirls has certainly been worth the wait, exploding onto the Savoy stage with an unbridled megawatt energy that can be felt across London. Frank Rich's original New York Times review described the show as a defining moment of Broadway history, commenting that a “seismic emotional jolt” had been felt by the entire audience. Read more
Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, the UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls opened at the Savoy Theatre in November 2016 to critical and audience acclaim.
Dreamgirls originally premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on 20 December 1981 and closed on 11 August 1985, after 1,521 performances. The London production marks the show's West End premiere, and includes new music specifically written for the new production.
Featuring music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is based upon the rise of music acts such as 'The Supremes' and 'The Shirelles'. It follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who go on to become music superstars.
The West End production is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw, whose work in the West End includes the transfers of 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Aladdin'. With dazzling sets, beautiful costumes and an incredibly powerful cast, Dreamgirls is one show that sets the West End alight with its energy and charm.
The score features Broadway standards such as "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going", "I Am Changing","Listen" and "One Night Only" all delivered by an incredible band of musicians and a fearless company of performers.
This much-anticipated new production of Dreamgirls starred Amber Riley (of 'Glee' and 'Let it Shine' fame) as Effie White when it opened in 2016, alongside Tyrone Huntley as C.C White, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy, Nicholas Bailey as Marty, Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jnr, Liisi LaFontaine as Deena, Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell and Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris.
The full cast now features Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav (who share the role of Effie White), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorrell Robinson),Joe Aaron Reid (Curtis Taylor Jr), Brennyn Lark (Deena Jones), Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Jimmy Early), Durone Stokes (C.C. White), Delroy Brown (Marty), Kimmy Edwards (Michelle Morris), Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards and Joshua Robinson.
Dreamgirls tickets, playing at The Savoy Theatre, London are now on sale.
Amber Riley's performance schedule
Amber Riley was scheduled to perform in Dreamgirls until Saturday 18 November 2017 and now no longer appears in the production.
Dreamgirls is set in 1960’s America and tells the semi-autobiographical tale of a girl group from Chicago called “The Dreams”. As they attempt to make it in the music industry, they meet former used car salesman Curtis Taylor who becomes their manager and helps create initial success. As the group continue to build on their success within the highly competitive industry, tensions build as Curtis attempts to replace lead singer Effie with her best friend. Whilst the creators of the show have denied links to The Supremes story, there are many parallels between the plot of the musical and the career of Diana Ross.