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About the showGlee powerhouse Amber Riley stars in a West End revival of the dazzling Dreamgirls musical, which opened at London’s Savoy Theatre in November 2016. Directed by The Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw, Dreamgirls is the hit Broadway musical that follows three young girls in their rocky rise to fame.
Set in the swinging 60’s, Dreamgirls charts the developing era of Rhythm and Blues in Chicago. Said to be loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, this musical follows The Dreamettes as they grow into a leading Motown group. Earning their big break at an amateur singing competition, the talented trio win the chance to become backing vocalists for James “Thunder” Early, and are soon spotted by manager Curtis Taylor who battles to make them stars. But troubles soon arise as Effie, the most talented of the singers, struggles when Taylor side-lines her for the more appealing Deena.
First opening in 1981, Dreamgirls swiped a staggering thirteen Tony Award nominations, earning Best Choreography and Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Jennifer Holliday’s iconic portrayal of Effie. Popstar Jennifer Hudson has also commanded the role in the hit 2006 film which starred Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx. Now, songstress Amber Riley steps into the role after already wowing audiences with her powerful voice throughout seasons of Glee.
Featuring the original award-winning book and score by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger, as well as a plethora of well-known songs including ‘Family’, ‘Love You I Do’, ‘One Night Only’ and the show-stopping ‘And I Am Telling You’, Dreamgirls is one of the most highly anticipated musical of the year. Having began performances at the Savoy Theatre in November 2016, this magnificent musical is a smash-hit.
Amber Riley will play the role of Effie for 7 out of 8 performances per week. She will not perform on Wednesday evenings until Wednesday 1st February 2017.
From Monday 6th February 2017 Ms Riley will be scheduled to not perform on Monday evenings and performing both shows on Wednesdays.
Currently the alternate will perform on Wednesday evenings.
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.
Who Should See It?Dreamgirls contains mild adult themes but is generally suitable for all ages. Fans of the film, the music and Motown will thoroughly enjoy this London revival.