Thirty-five years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic musical Dreamgirls comes to the Savoy Theatre.
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. 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 classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.
This long-awaited new production will be directed and choreographed by the hugely successful, Tony and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!).
Unless otherwise notified on this site, Amber Riley will play the role of Effie for 7 out of 8 performances per week.
Currently the alternate will perform on Wednesday evenings.
Amber Riley says: “I am so honoured and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw. Working on the West End is now a dream realised, I just feel like this is going to be something special!”
The Savoy Theatre
The theatre opened on 10th October 1881 and was designed by C J Phipps, and built by Richard D’Oyly Carte on the site of the old Savoy Palace as a showcase for the popular series of comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas.
Its main entrance was on to The Embankment facing The River Thames, and The Savoy Hotel was built in 1889. The money for The theatre and hotel were from Richard D’Oyly Carte arising from the profits of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. The theatre’s entrance was afterwards moved to its current position on Savoy Court in 1902.
Apart from The Mikado and other famous Gilbert and Sullivan premières, the theatre has hosted such distinguished premières as the first public performance in England of Oscar Wilde’s Salome in 1931 and Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit in 1941. During recent years the theatre has presented opera, Shakespeare, plays, as well as musicals, with revivals of Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel, together with new shows like Never Forget.
Legally Blonde, the original London production had previews from 5th December 2009, with opening night on 13th January 2010, with the original London cast including Sheridan Smith in the role of Elle Woods, with Duncan James, Alex Gaumond, Jill Halfpenny and Peter Davison. The show played through until 7th April 2012, after 974 performances. Nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards, Legally Blonde won three, including the Best New Musical award.
Savoy Court provides the forecourt to both the hotel and theatre, and is the only road in Britain where traffic is required by law to drive on the right hand side, this being originally conferred as a special privilege by Parliament in order that patrons to the Savoy Theatre would be let out of their carriage straight into the theatre.
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