Dreamgirls is most well known as a film starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy from 2006. However both before and since it was a stage show, one which has now been revived for a run on the West End at the Savoy Theatre.
The staging is simple, just some sliders with lights, the occasional curtain of tassels and the odd table but it effectively portrays the changes in space. The costumes are absolutely stunning, I wish I could own some of them, they are truly exquisite. The production value is just outstanding.
The real pull of the show is the music and powerful performances from the cast and they did not disappoint. Amber Riley (of Glee fame) was spellbinding as Effie White and her rendition of “And I Am Telling You”, which is already a terrific song, was spine-tinglingly beautiful and had the audience on their feet at the interval. Not to be outdone was Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones who matched her vocally in “Listen”. The lead trio was completed by Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson who again had a great voice both in her solo parts and in the backing harmonies. The energy and dynamic between these three was electric and highly charged and at times very emotional.
The male characters were also all strong. Not only were they on point with their singing and acting but also the dancing was well drilled, tight and exciting with even those in larger roles joining in with the complicated choreography.
There were many emotional highs and lows throughout which came together to provide a truly stunning piece of theatre that I thoroughly loved. It is well worth trying to get tickets for and it is currently booking until May 6th (be warned that Amber Riley doesn’t do all performances so check first if you particularly want to see her). For tickets you can visit the website here.
Have you seen Dreamgirls in the West End or elsewhere? Have you been blown away by a show recently?