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Dreamgirls The Musical at the Savoy Theatre.

Savoy Theatre, London

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Legendary Broadway musical Dreamgirls now playing at London’s Savoy Theatre

Thirty-five years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, DREAMGIRLS transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history, inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America.

Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’.

With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards®.

This new production is directed and choreographed by the hugely successful, Tony and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin, Something Rotten!).

Dreamgirls is currently booking until 12 January 2019 at the Savoy Theatre.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

Dreamgirls is a musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown in the sixties.

A young female singing trio from Chicago get their big break at an amateur competition and begin singing backup vocals for James “Thunder” Early. However, things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor, Jr. makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as “The Dreams.”

WHO’S IN IT? DREAMGIRLS CAST

Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav share the role of Effie White at different performances throughout the week.

The cast also features 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) and Kimmy Edwards (Michelle Morris).

Completing the cast are 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.

REVIEWS

★★★★ fantastically entertaining ride on the showbiz rollercoaster – The Guardian
★★★★★ A dazzling show. It’s a performance that’s at all times exhilarating.Evening Standard
★★★★ A tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit – Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ a dream of a show – The Stage
★★★★ A full-throttle fast-moving blast of a production – Independent
★★★★★ A glittering tour de force of heart and soul – Daily Express


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 12 January 2019

Important Notes

The Producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s).


Venue Information

Savoy Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
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Amber Riley to leave Dreamgirls, new cast announced.
American actress Amber Riley is to leave the London production of Dreamgirls next month. Riley who is best known for her role on US series Glee, has performed the lead role of 'Effie White' since it opened last year at the Savoy Theatre. Her performance stunned critics and she went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. A new cast will take over from 20 November 2017 with the role of 'Effie' being played by by Marisha Wallace, Karen Mav and Moya Angela. Wallace and Mav already perform the role, and Angela joins the cast having played the character in the North American tour revival of the show. Angela's theatre credits include the original Broadway cast of Ghost the Musical, In Transit, and the North American touring production of Disney's The Lion King. Producer Sonia Friedman said: “The thrill of Dreamgirls is to experience the brilliance of the human voice. Effie White is arguably the biggest sing in musical theatre history, which is why we have cast three extraordinary vocalists to play this iconic role.” Also joingin the cast will be Broadway actress Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris. Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reid continuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Buy tickets to Dreamgirls Dreamgirls is currently booking until 2 June 2018 at the Savoy Theatre, London.
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Reviews round-up: Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre
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Dreamgirls: First day of rehearsals
Images have been released of the first day of rehearsals for the eagerly awaited Broadway musical Dreamgirls. The UK premiere of Dreamgirls stars American actress and singer Amber Riley stars as Effie White alongside Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones and Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson who make up the soulful singing trio ‘The Dreams’. Joe Aaron Reid will play Curtis Taylor Jr, Adam J. Bernard will play Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley will play C.C. White, Nicholas Bailey will play Marty and Lily Frazer will play Michelle Morris with Ruth Brown and Karen Mav alternating the role of Effie White at performances when Amber Riley is not scheduled to perform. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’. The production is Directed and Choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with Set Design by Tim Hatley, Costume Design by Gregg Barnes, Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone, Sound Design by Richard Brooker and Hair Design by Josh Marquette. The Musical Supervisor will be Nick Finlow, the Orchestrator will be Harold Wheeler, with Additional Material by Willie Reale. Dreamgirls begins preview performances from 19 November 2016 (Opening Night 14 December 2016) and is booking until 10 February 2018 at the Savoy Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Dreamgirls
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Is Dreamgirls based on Diana Ross and the Supremes?
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Glee star Amber Riley to make West End debut
Hot on the heels of her former Glee co-star Dianna Agron, Amber Riley is to make her West End debut in the UK premiere of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Riley who is best known for playing the powerhouse sole diva Mercedes Jones in six seasons of Ryan Murphy’s musical comedy series Glee, will play soulful singer ‘Effie White’ in the production. On today’s announcement Riley said: “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!” Riley is no stranger to the stage, her numerous theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods and Mystery on the Docks with the Los Angeles Opera and in November 2012, she made her New York stage debut to rave reviews in New York City Center’s Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade. Amber's additional television appearances include playing ‘Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North’ in the NBC live performance of the musical, The Wiz and competing in Dancing with the Stars, which she won in 2013. Sonia Friedman, whose company presents Dreamgirls in the West End said: “This great, now classic American musical is coming to London at long last, and I couldn’t be more excited to confirm that Amber Riley will be joining the cast of Dreamgirls for the West End season. Having met Amber and having had the privilege of hearing her sing two of the iconic songs from Dreamgirls: ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ and ‘I Am Changing’ – I was left with goosebumps, tingles and tears; I was completely knocked out by this talented performer. London is very lucky to be the first to see her Effie.” Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’. Already a Broadway legend, Dreamgirls became a world-wide hit film in 2006 starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé , Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson. Hudson who portrayed Effie White won the Best Supporting Oscar for her performance. Dreamgirls is booking until 10 February 2018 at the Savoy Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Dreamgirls
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Iconic musical Dreamgirls to premiere at Savoy Theatre
Iconic Broadway musical Dreamgirls to open at the Savoy Theatre starring Amber Riley. The long awaited West End premiere of iconic musical Dreamgirls is almost over, with the announcement that Amber Riley has been cast in the key role of Effie. Sonia Friedman, who owns the West End rights to the production mentioned earlier this week that Dreamgirls would likely begin previews in November 2016, however it is now confirmed and the production will open at London’s Savoy Theatre. The production will be choreographed and directed by Olivier and Tony-Award® winning Casey Nicolaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!), with Tim Hatley creating sets; while Gregg Barnes is in negotiations to design costumes. Friedman said “This great, now classic American musical is coming to London at long last, and I couldn’t be more excited. This new production will begin performances later this year, directed by the brilliant, multi-award winning Broadway director Casey Nicholaw.' Casey Nicholaw said “I am beyond thrilled to be directing and choreographing Dreamgirls in the West End. It was one of the first shows I saw when I moved to New York in 1982 and has been my favourite show ever since. We've begun to assemble a terrific cast of actors here in the UK. We also have a terrific design team lined up - it's going to be a smart and sexy production. I'm so excited about working with Amber. I loved her on Glee and when her name came up for this, I thought - Wow, I think she could be incredible - and then when she came in to audition for us, she blew us away!” Amber Riley, who makes her West End debut, is most known for playing the powerhouse sole diva Mercedes Jones on six seasons of Glee. According to reports her audition for the role was mesmerising. Full casting is still ongoing Dreamgirls charts the rise to the top of the Dream, from schoolgirls to international stardom, mirroring to some extend Diana Ross and the Supremes and her relationship with Motown founder Berry Gordy. With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards®. The West End production will be a complete reimagining of the original and will include the hit song ‘Listen’ from the Dreamgirls film starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Dreamgirls will open in December 2016, previewing from 19 November 2016 at the Savoy Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Dreamgirls

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