Anthony Boyle, Audra McDonald, Amber Riley, John Boyega and The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells are amongst the nominees in The Stage’s inaugural Debut Awards. Public voting continues until 10 September 2017 for the Best West End Debut winner.
Recorded live at London’s Savoy Theatre, backed by a fourteen piece band, this new recording of the well loved musical, Dreamgirls, gives you a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the finest voices on the West End singing one of the most high energy and belt heavy scores.
Producers have confirmed that the original London Cast recording of the West End premiere of Broadway classic Dreamgirls will be released mid-April through Sony Classical and is available to pre-order from through Amazon.
Slick, streamlined and spirited, Dreamgirls is a hit all over again in its first ever West End outing. High production values and excellent direction mean the show could open on Broadway tomorrow and blow them all away.
Much has, and will, be written about Riley’s performance, specifically her vocals, and rightly so. But this is no one-woman show. Director Casey Nicholaw has assembled a supremely (geddit) talented cast showcasing some of our best actors of colour.
Thirty-five years after its Broadway premiere, Dreamgirls hits the London stage in a new production directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, and starring Glee’s Amber Riley. But does it sparkle or falter in the eyes of the critics?
In many ways, I don’t deny Dreamgirls the extravagance, it’s good to have a huge rollercoaster blowout of a blockbuster musical every now and then, it helps to balance the slightly more serious-minded ones about suicide and cancer.