And you’re gonna love me! Well, it. You’re going to love it – the show that is –Dreamgirls. One word is all it needs…

If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Dreamgirls began life as a Broadway musical in 1981, but is perhaps better known for it’s 2006 film adaptation starring Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and many more Hollywood names.

The story is set in America in the early 60’s, when a trio of “Dreamettes” are hoping for their big break into the music industry. Only to discover it’s not quite as easy as they anticipate, and they might have to go against their original values in order to succeed. But sometimes, the pressure to succeed becomes too much, and tensions soon form. With inspiration from the likes of The Supremes, Berry Gordy Jr and more; and showcasing the hardships of success, fame, family and friendship – it certainly is a tale with appeal.

For me personally though, the story isn’t the most gripping I’ve seen; but I partly already knew that from how I felt about the film. I think it comes across stronger on stage rather than on-screen, but I found it takes a while to come to grips with. However, once it clicks after meeting each character, you quickly become aware of who’s side to be on; therefore the story begins to flow and it gives a fascinating glace into what music and the music industry was like at that time.

As for the cast, they are insanely talented. I don’t think I’ve ever heard vocals quite like it from a full cast. Their energy is amazing too. I caught Amber Riley’s Effie, in which I felt quite fortunate, as she was the original West End lead, only performs at certain shows and she is soon to play her final show. She definitely has star quality, and it’s easy to understand why there is an alternating routine with Effie’s as it’s a very vocally demanding role. A shout-out is due to Jocasta Almgill, Carly Mecedes Dyer and Kimmy Edwards who were understudying as Deena, Lorell and Michelle respectively, but had I not been paying attention the cast board and my programme, I’d have been none the wiser as they were naturals in the roles. However, truly this is an incredible bunch of people and each performer was outstanding. I’m certain the second year cast who are about to begin will be just as wonderful.

The music is full of soul, RnB, dance and more. From power ballads to dance numbers, this show has it all. With well-known hits like ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Listen’ you’re bound to find yourself in love with the score. Listen in particular is a song I’ve always adored, and I couldn’t help but shed a tear in awe. Plus, there’s glitz and glamour in every second to match. It truly is a treat for the eyes and ears.

Overall, this show is certainly worth the 35-year wait; it’s slick, classy, high-energy, sassy, joyful and a well-deserved hit. There’s clearly already a strong fanbase behind the show, as the audience was buzzing, even on a mid-October Wednesday evening. I think it’s the first show I’ve seen where there was a semi standing ovation at the interval AND the full standing ovation by the end of the night. Audiences loved it, and I did too. If you get the chance, grab a ticket – you won’t regret it. ★★★★

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