About the showMarisha Wallace, Moya Angela and Karen Mav star in the smash-hit West End revival of the dazzling musical Dreamgirls at London’s Savoy Theatre. Directed by The Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw, Dreamgirls is the hit Broadway musical that follows three young girls and 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 Curtis sidelines 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 later commanded the role in the hit 2006 film which starred Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx.
Casting includes Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela and Karen Mav as diva Effie White, alongside Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell Robinson, Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris, as well as Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Joe Aaron Reid (In the Heights) as Curtis Taylor Jr.
Ensemble members include 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.
Featuring an award-winning book and score by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger, as well as a plethora of well-known songs including "Family", "Cadillac Car", "One Night Only" and the show-stopping "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", Dreamgirls opened to glowing praise from audiences and critics alike, with original Effie Amber Riley winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Having began performances at the Savoy Theatre in November 2016, this magnificent musical continues to play to packed-out audiences.
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.