Dreamgirls is a fabulously dazzling production, originally seen on Broadway some 35 years ago, the show has since been adapted into a well known film and now it has arrived to shake up the West End.
I was so excited when it was announced that Dreamgirls would be making its way to the Savoy Theatre, the 2006 film is one of my favourites and I could not wait to see it on stage for the first time. Following the story of The Dreams, a group of female singers wanting their big break which undoubtedly holds some turbulent times. The music of the show is full of power and passion which ultimately holds the production together; songs such as One Night Only, And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, as well as the title song Dreamgirls send shivers down your spine as the emotive lyrics come to life with such powerhouse performances.
When it was announced that Amber Riley would be playing diva Effie White, I was immediately excited as I had been watching Glee since the beginning. Amber Riley portrays Effie White seemingly effortlessly, her voice suits the role perfectly as she performs each number with raw emotion. For me, it was one of those moments where the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and as her West End debut, it’s safe to say that Amber Riley is a force to be reckoned with; she was simply outstanding – with plenty of added sass too. Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones gives a wonderful performance, with a particular highlight being her rendition of Listen alongside Amber Riley. Ibinabo Jack is hilarious as Lorrell Robinson, adding some much needed comedic relief throughout the show. Joe Aaron Reid and Tyrone Huntley play Curtis Taylor Jr. and C.C White respectively, and both give marvellous performances, and Adam J Bernard stands out with his gorgeous voice as energetic star Jimmy Early. This show boasts a remarkable cast which really makes this production stand out.
Dreamgirls is simply a dream. Prepared to be wowed by the stunning performances as well as sparkly costume and lighting design. This high energy show is not one to miss.