Henry Krieger, the winner of three Academy Awards and a Grammy, teamed up with the prolific Tom Eyen to produce a memorable masterpiece. Dreamgirls is a flawless confluence of incredible writing, acting, and music composition. The musical beautifully depicts the ‘Rhythm and Blues’ culture of the 1960’s, and its gradual evolution into the ‘Pop’ genre. This is a spectacle that music lovers simply cannot afford to miss.
Why Watch Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls opened on Broadway nearly 35 years ago. It was nominated for an impressive thirteen Tony Awards and ended up winning six. The show was so successful and enchanting, that in 2006, this romantic musical drama was also adapted into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé. In February 2016, it was confirmed that Dreamgirls would premiere in the West End’s Savoy Theatre with Amber Riley in the lead as Effie White. Dreamgirls has made a habit of entertaining its audience with impeccable quality and dynamism that has not dulled over the years. For anyone eager to listen to a truly magical list of songs entwined in a well-told and complex story, Dreamgirls will be nothing short of heaven on earth. All the way from ‘Move’ to ‘One Night Only’, the songs throughout the play serve as reflections for the characters’ predicaments.
The story is set in 1962, and kicks off with a young group of musicians from Chicago deciding to enter a famous talent competition at the Apollo Theatre in New York. Calling themselves ‘The Dreamettes’, the group consists of lead singer, Effie White, and her best friends Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson. They lose the talent show, but their fortunes flip when they meet their new manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. James Early, a fan-favourite R&B star, hires the Dreamettes as backup singers after Curtis convinces him that Effie and her band have something special about them. After a few performances and internal issues with James Early, the girl-group is disbanded. Watch the members of the band overcome a myriad of hurdles on their road to reconciliation and stardom.
Musical Lovers | Fans of Classic R&B
“A tremendous gusto of soul and gaiety of spirit”
– The Daily Telegraph
“Fantastically entertaining ride on a showbiz rollercoaster”
– The Guardian
Know Before You Go
2 hours and 40 mins, with 1 intermission
Suitable for ages 14 and up. No entry for children below age 3.
The Savoy Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,158.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
All West End show tickets are non-refundable.
I had a good experience, but the show could have ben better. It seemed like such an off-day for the cast.
A friend suggested Headout, she goes to the Theatre quite often. I must say I also had a good experience.
I was let down by the performance, the lead singer didn't play that day so maybe that was the reason.
Your tickets will be emailed to you within 20 minutes of purchase. You must carry a printed copy of the tickets to the venue along with a valid photo ID.
Savoy Theatre, Strand, London