I recently took my mum to see Dreamgirls the musical at The Savoy Theatre in London for Mothers Day (don’t worry you’ve got till the 26th March to get your mum a gift! I was just getting in early!)
The show was absolutely fantastic and we both really enjoyed it! I love anything with songs from the Motown era and its a great story which was made for the stage! There are a few differences between the film and stage show but nothing to write home about.
I originally thought the musical was based on the 2006 film starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson but I was wrong! The film was actually based on the broadway musical which was created in 1981! Fast forward 35 years and the show has taken London’s West End by storm!
The show stars Glee’s Amber Riley as Effie White (however the show we saw didn’t feature Riley which was a shame but we had the great understudy Marisha Wallace who blew the house off!)
Dreamgirls follows the journey of 3 aspiring singers and their journey from singing at small time clubs in Chicago to the BIG TIME! However making it big doesn’t always bring out the best in people and they soon realise it’s not all glitz and glamour! The show features many classic songs including ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Listen’.
One of my favourite characters in Dreamgirls is the role of Jimmy Early, played by Eddie Murphy in the 2006 film and played by Adam J Bernard in the London stage show. Adam’s portrayal of Jimmy was excellent! Had the audience in hysterics and what a voice! Plus the cheeky interaction with the audience and his dancing was funny!
Also a role slightly different to the film was that of Curtis Taylor Jr. played by Joe Aaron Reid. This character has much more of a singing role in the musical compared to in the film which was great. Joe Aaron Reid had a massive role and his acting/singing abilities were fantastic. Also this man can dance!
The casting of the Dreamettes was superb! I know I shouldn’t keep comparing it to the film, but it’s what I know! And I’m sure a lot of you reading this have seen the film and can relate. As I said Amber Riley did not perform but her understudy Marisha Wallace smashed it! A massive voice and had the whole audience on the edge of their seats during certain songs.
Liisi LaFontaine played the role of Deena Jones who had some massive songs to sing which she made look effortless (this character was famously portrayed by Beyonce in the 2006 film) and Ibinabo Jack played the role of Lorrell Robinson the ditzy third member of the Dreamettes who was hilarious at times!
If you’re a fan of the film or were lucky enough to see the Broadway show in the 80’s and want to re live the magic then head on down to The Savoy theatre! We were lucky enough to have tickets in row A! So could literally see the sequins and glitter flying off the costumes we were so close!
The ensemble cast were excellent! Tyrone Huntley as CC White and Nicholas Bailey as Marty were excellent. Tyrone Huntley has such a soulful voice and took on a much bigger singing role in the musical compared to the film which was great.
Click here to book tickets before it’s too late! Perfect for Mothers Day!