Dreamgirls arrived in the UK in 2016 following huge success over in the States. Since then, it has been wowing audiences at the Savoy Theatre nightly so I was excited to see what all the fuss was about.
Dreamgirls follows the journey of ‘The Dreams’ – a young girl band fighting for stardom in 60’s America. Love, heartbreak and drama ensue as the girls rise, fall and rise again in their quest for the spotlight.
The Dreams are the protagonists and these three ladies really do command the stage. As Effie, Moya Angela completely blows us all away. She is loveable and endearing in the role and her exceptional facials provide both comedy relief and moments of utter heartbreak. Her vocals are incredibly powerful and her rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You’ steals the show. Alongside her were fellow Dreams; Deena and Lorrell. Brennyn Lark was fabulous as Deena, bringing gorgeous vocals and tremendous acting to the production. As Lorrell, Asmeret Ghebremichael was brilliantly funny.
The ensemble were good although I felt they were lacking in energy. I hate to say this but I was getting serious ‘Monday Vibes’. I’m not sure what it was but something just felt a little off and that made the production feel less immersive than it could be.
I was also surprised to find that the music in this show was rather forgettable. Other than the well known ballads, I wasn’t particularly taken by the music and lyrics. The set didn’t blow me away either. There were a few clever moments but overall it felt a little minimalist and boring. It just lacked flare.
Dreamgirls tells an inspiring story of friendship and empowerment and it does take you through moments of heartbreak, comedy and joy but I just didn’t love it. Although there were a couple of wow moments, overall it lacked energy and felt slow. Many people love it, but it wasn’t for me. Maybe I caught it on a bad day.
I do quickly want to mention that terrible theatre etiquette around me most definitely detracted from my experience. It was very distracting but I have not let this affect my review. I beg you, when you go to the theatre PLEASE respect those around you.
If you love the film or can’t get enough of Motown, Dreamgirls might be perfect for you! Click here for tickets!
*Production Images by Dreamgirls London