dreamgirls the musicalThe fabulous musical Dreamgirls is finally in London's West End.  Glee and The Wiz Live! star Amber Riley, X Factor's Karen Mav and Broadway performer Marisha Wallace wil play Effie White. The rest of the cast includes Lily Frazer as Michelle Morris the replacement 5th member of the Dreams, Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis (the manager who ruthlessly pushes the Dreams to international stardom using sex as a business tool), American Liisi LaFontaine as Deena, Asmeret Ghebremichael as Lorrell, Adam J Bernard as Jimmy  "Thunder" Early (a James Brown-type singer) , Nicholas Bailey as Jimmy's manager and Joshua Liburd as C.C.White (Effie’s songwriting brother).

They will be joined by Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

Cast changes from 20th November: Amber Riley will make her last performance as Effie  in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre on 18th November, with new Effies Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela, and Karen Mav alternating the role from 20h November. Angela played the role during its North American revival tour. Wallace joined the show earlier this year, while Mav made her professional debut as the character in London last year.

Other cast changes from 20th November  include  Tosh Wanogho-Maud (currently first cover Jimmy) playing James Thunder Early and Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones. Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reid continuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Joining them will be Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris.

The new cast of Dreamgirls will also include Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards and Joshua Robinson.

Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!) will direct and choreograph the production with award winning designers Tim Hatley & Gregg Barnes creating the sets and costumes

The London show opens more than 30 years after the original Broadway production, which was directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett and starred Jennifer Holliday as 'Effie'. It won six 1982 Tony Awards, for Best Book (Tom Eyen), Best Actor (Ben Harney), Best Actress (Holliday), Best Featured Actor (Cleavant Derricks), Best Lighting Design (Tharon Musser), and Best Choreography (Bennett & Michael Peters). Bill Condon's 2006 film adaptation featured Jennifer Hudson as 'Effie' with an all star cast including Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.

With music by Henry Krieger and book & lyrics by Tom Eyen and nspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America,  DREAMGIRLS charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams', as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the fabulous classic songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "I Am Changing" and "One Night Only."

Buy tickets for Dreamgirls which is currently booking until June 2nd 2018. Please note Amber Riley will not be performing on any Wednesday evenings.

show timesMonday-Saturday 7:30 pm : Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30 pm
Running time 2 hours 10 minutes including an interval


Savoy Theatre,
The Strand,
London, WC2R 0ET

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Tube : Charing Cross/Embankment
Train:   Charing Cross
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Radio receivers with headsets – collect from Cloakroom at Dress Circle level. Please book in advance, deposit required.
Guide dogs allowed in the auditorium or staff will dog-sit by prior arrangement office. Dogs will be looked after in the Manager’s Office.
No steps to Box Office through 3 sets of double doors which open inwards. Box Office counter is to right. From a door beside the foyer entrance there are 2 steps into the Upper Circle. 33 steps down to Dress Circle (2 steps between rows), 71 down to Stalls. Staircases have handrails on both sides. Separate entrance for wheelchair users or special needs at street level via a ramp from Carting Lane.
Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle.