Dreamgirls – London – Savoy Theatre – July 21st 2017 (7:30 PM)
Initially, devastated that Amber Riley was not performing, I had a strong instinct that her understudy Marisha Wallace would be equally as good, if not better. And I was right. The energy elicited from the performers on stage was electric from start to finish and the interaction with the audience was fantastic. The songs and dance compositions, as expected, were flawless, with many new stars in this show. It was interesting to note that the majority of the principal cast were in fact American , noticing certain dialects and accents which would be hard for a Brit to identically mimic.
The audience felt Effie’s internal struggles , successfully portrayed by Wallace. She stopped the show numerous times, with the intense and lengthy applause and positive response generated by the audience.
The ensemble and the rest of the cast were excellent , and I hope to see the show transfer to Broadway very soon. I entered the TodayTix £15 front row lottery for this show — which I strongly recommend. The stage was very high, and would have involved looking up — however, the ushers were kind enough to note my request to move, and gave me an aisle seat in row K, slightly further back, which provided a clear, full view of the stage. Good bargains can be found , by buying a seat in the rear stalls.