I was recently given the opportunity to watch Dream Girls the Musical at the London Savoy Theatre and if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that Dream Girls is an amazing storyline. Based in the 1960s in which three women form a singing group and grow from the lowkey and young Dreamettes, – to the undeniably talented Dream Girls, selling out tours all over America. The original musical premiered in 1981 however, with that being 15 years before my time, any comparisons in this review will be referencing the 2006 movie starring Jennifer Hudson (Effie), Beyonce (Dina) and Eddie Murphy (Jimmy ‘the thunder’ Early).
The storyline starts off with the Dreamette’s trying to make their big breakthrough into the industry at an amateur talent competition when they’re spotted by musical managers and given an opportunity to sing back up for the famous Jimmy ‘the thunder’ Early (played by Tosh Wanogho-Maud) hesitant, they agree and gain much success and recognition from this. Follow their journey to see how the dynamic trio grow from backup singers as the Dreamettes to finding their very own fame as the Dream Girls.
Along the way, Effie – the lead singer of the Dreamettes (played by Moya Angela), Dina (played by Brennyn Lark) and Lorrell (played by Asmeret Ghebremichael) face strains in their friendships, relationships and business alongside societal issues. However, with breath-taking song features like “And I Am Telling You” and “Listen” (a remixed version), you will not be disappointed! I have to say that Moya Angela who played Effie, who was previously casted in the movie as Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job! If you’ve seen the movie, you know that those features aren’t easy songs to sing and to walk in the footsteps of Jennifer Hudson and do it complete justice deserves recognition in my opinion!
Overall I’d rate my experience an 8/10 – the only downfall for me was that the theatre itself was very cold, to the point a lot of the audience had on their jackets/scarves and even gloves! It did slightly take away from the experience because the cold makes it an uncomfortable viewing experience but in saying that, the performance was so worth it.
I would highly recommend Dream Girls the Musical! For ticket information or to book, please visit: