Dreamgirls – a musical of sequins

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From the moment I saw the first beautiful green gown I knew I was going to fall in love with Dreamgirls. Sequins and fishtails? I’m sold!

What is it all about?

Dreamgirls is a musical about the Dreamettes, a girl group on the rollercoaster of fame as they succeed in the music biz in the 60s. With inspiration possibly taken (but denied) from Diana Ross and The Supremes, trouble starts when the lead singer of the band is replaced. It is a story of a journey and transformation over time that is heartwarming and beautiful. There are some interesting relationships explored throughtout the show between the characters.

How are the cast?

Lead star Effie is played wonderfully by Amber Riley despite it being her West End debut. She is a powerful woman with a strong sense of self but still can fall victim to the love of a man. Do bare in mind though, that Amber doesn’t always play the role so make sure to check the cast for the night you buy tickets for if that is important to you.

Directed by the same person behind Aladdin and The Book of Mormon, it’s no surprise it’s been such a huge success. The brains behind these wondrous shows is Casey Nicholaw. Dreamgirls originally hit Broadway around 35 years ago and was later adapted and made into a film. The popularity of Dreamgirls shot up when the film premiered with Beyonce amongst the cast.

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What about the set?

The mobile lighting on the stage of Dreamgirls made this even more spectacular. It was a real stunning watch. Especially with the sequins and sparkles of the costumes glistening from every angle. I was mesmorised by the beauty of everyone on stage.

Who should go and see it?

If you are into your R&B, or your music in general, you will love this! I wouldn’t say it was much of a family show, there are more suitable shows in the West End for young children. However, it’s a great one to see with your friends or partner!

Where can I get tickets?

Dreamgirls is currently showing at the Savoy Theatre until the 18th of November. The nearest tube station to the Savoy Theatre is Embankment and you can purchase your tickets HERE.

Photos courtesy of ATG