AND IIIII AM TEEEEELLLING YOUUUU I’M NOT GOOOING
So, on Tuesday 17th January, I went to see the sassiest musical in the history of musicals alongside my sister and my father. Dave will tell you his favourite films are Scarface, The Godfather, *insert name of other gangster film featuring Al Pacino here*. But what Dave keeps on the DL is that he actually has a super sassy inner diva that absolutely loves the film Dreamgirls (which casually won three Golden Globes and two Oscars, no biggie).
So, if you have seen the film of Dreamgirls, featuring Queen Bey, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx and J Hud, you will know the plot already. But for those of you that don’t, ‘Dreamgirls’ follows the journey of a young female singing group from Chicago. In a revolutionary time in American music history, the trio ‘The Dreams’ learn that show business and stardom isn’t as glamorous as it seems.
Featuring classic songs you didn’t even realise were songs from a musical because they make such damn good songs in their own right: ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Listen’. The new West End production is directed and choreographed by the Tony and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw. Amber Riley (powerhouse vocals of Mercedes from ‘Glee’) plays Effie White.
The Savoy Theatre is a beautiful theatre, right within the entrance of the Savoy Hotel, fancy.
After a long kerfuffle with my dad turning up fashionably late as per; we by some miracle (thank you very much Savoy Theatre FOH staff!) managed to get to our seats just in time for the beginning of the show.
‘Dreamgirls’ was utterly feel-good with constant lively comic performances, great numbers and amazing voices.
Amber Riley was outstanding and absolutely stole the show. Her rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ was according to Dave, “the best person I’ve ever heard sing live ever”. She deservedly got a standing ovation for her performance before Act 1 had even come to a close.
Adam J Bernard as Jimmy Early provided constant light relief. The energy and soul that went into his numbers was insane. He was thoroughly entertaining and somehow managed to maintain a smooth velvety tone to his voice while moving round the stage at the speed of light.
Ibinabo Jack made a fabulously sassy Lorrell Robinson who made the audience laugh throughout with her wit and her IDGAF attitude,
Joe Aaron Reid plays the slimy Curtis Taylor Jr who wins over both Effie and Deena with his wily charms. Liisi LaFontaine is Deena Jones, Effie’s ‘sister’ turned rival turned ‘sister again. Her duet of ‘Listen’ alongside Amber Riley is the ultimate girl power duet and is guaranteed to make your hairs stand up on end.
Shoutout to Gregg Barnes for his AH-MAZING costume design. The costumes were bright and fierce; I essentially wanted every costume The Dreams wore, to wear to all the lavish events I (never) attend. Some of the quick changes blew my stage manager brain,
Anyone that hasn’t seen Dreamgirls already, BELIEVE THE HYPE. Go and see this show for the ultimate feel good evening. You’ll leave the theatre on cloud nine I promise x
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