Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the iconic Tony Award®-winning musical Dreamgirls is now playing at the Savoy Theatre.
Drawing inspiration from the career stories of R&B acts including The Supremes, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and The Shirelles, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history, and follows the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois, called ‘The Dreams’.
Through their rollercoaster ride to the top of the charts, the trio soon learn the hard lesson that show business can often be as tough as it is fabulous, and stardom isn’t always as glamorous as it initially seems. With an extraordinary story and the unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals that are sending audiences wild at every single show, this spectacular musical production soars with composer Henry Krieger’s classic songs: And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, I Am Changing, Listen, One Night Only and more.
The Dreamgirls musical first opened at the Imperial Theatre, Broadway in the December 1981. The production was directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, and starred Sheryl Lee Ralph as Deena Jones, Jennifer Holliday as Effie White, Loretta Devine as Lorrell Robinson, going on to claim six Tony Award wins – but until this West End production, it had never reached London audiences.
In 2006, Dreamworks Pictures and Paramount Pictures produced and released the film version, which won three Golden Globes and two Oscars and starred Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jenifer Hudson.
Finally, in 2016, the UK and West End premiere of the iconic musical came to fruition in London with this production, currently led by Glee star Amber Riley. Dreamgirls in the West End was nominated for five Olivier Awards at the 2017 ceremony including Mastercard Best New Musical, winning two (Best Actress in a Musical – Amber Riley, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Adam J Bernard). The show is directed and choreographed by the hugely successful Tony® and Olivier Award-winning Casey Nicholaw, who headed up The Book Of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!.
Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning musical Dreamgirls, now playing at the Savoy Theatre, London.
Age Recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children. Please note that the Savoy Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3.
*The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). Amber Riley is currently scheduled to play the role of Effie White for 6 out of 8 performances per week. On 3 out of 8 performances per week, currently scheduled on Monday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday matinees, the role of Effie White will be played by either Marisha Wallace or Karen Mav. This is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.
From 20 November 2017, Moya Angela will join Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav to play the iconic role of Effie White, sharing the role at different performances throughout the week.