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CD Review – Dreamgirls – Original London Cast

DREAMGIRLS – Original London Cast (Sony – 889854294922) Having taken London by storm at the Savoy Theatre, Sony has released a double live recording which simply sizzles with electricity and loads of atmosphere. Not only is it recorded live, but it also contains the full score, which is absolutely brilliant for all those Dreamgirls enthusiasts […]

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Dreamgirls West End cast recording – release details

Newly-crowned Olivier Award winners Amber Riley and Adam J Bernard feature on the highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of Dreamgirls which will be released by Sony Masterworks Broadway next month. Currently available to pre-order now via Amazon, the two CD set will be available via Amazon, iTunes and all […]

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Dreamgirls – Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the cast

West End and Broadway actress Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed UK premiere run of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Best-known for her performances in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and in the West End, the American actress and singer takes over the role of Lorrell Robinson after Ibinabo Jack was […]

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West End Dreamgirls – Original London Cast Recording to be released in April

The Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of musical Dreamgirls will be released on Sony Classical in mid-April and is available to pre-order today via Amazon. This brand new double album was recorded live last month at the Savoy Theatre. It captures the performances of the original London cast of Dreamgirls, the […]

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Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre

Dreamgirls continues at the Savoy Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dreamgirls first debuted on Broadway in 1981 and after a long 35-year wait, it finally has its London debut. As fans of the show will already know, the book throws the spotlight on the Dreamettes, a young, ambitious singing trio […]

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Dreamgirls – a sneak peek at rehearsals and more tickets released

As more tickets were released for the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls (the new booking period will extend performances at the Savoy Theatre until 6 May 2017), Musical Theatre Review’s Tal Fox went along to rehearsals for a sneak peek: “It’s hard to believe that the cast of Dreamgirls is only into its second week of […]

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Meet The Dreams in Dreamgirls – new images and video

The first official images of Amber Riley, Ibinabo Jack and Liisi LaFontaine as The Dreams have been revealed. Exclusive new photography and a behind the scenes video have been made available today ahead of Amber Riley’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show where she will sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’. The Graham Norton Show will be broadcast […]

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Dreamgirls cast celebrates first day in rehearsals

  The long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls has preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November and opening night on Wednesday 14 December 2016. On Monday 3 October, Sonia Friedman Productions assembled the full company for the first day of rehearsals. American actress and singer Amber Riley will star as Effie White and is joined by Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson […]

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Sheridan Smith will join Funny Girl tour

Sheridan Smith is to take her acclaimed performance as Fanny Brice on the road when she joins next year’s Funny Girl tour at selected venues in the UK and Ireland. The news about the star, who recently made a triumphant return to the sell-out show at London’s Savoy Theatre following illness, is the first casting update for the […]

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Video – first glimpse of Amber Riley singing ‘I Am Changing’ from Dreamgirls

An exclusive new video has been released in advance of the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls which will have preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November and opening night on Wednesday 14 December 2016. American actress and singer Amber Riley is joined in the video feature by Dreamgirls director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw as they discuss the joys and challenges […]

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Sheridan Smith returns to Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre

Sheridan Smith has made a surprise early return to her leading role in Michael Mayer’s critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl. The star, who had been taking time off due to stress and exhaustion, was as Fanny Brice on Friday night, a few days earlier than expected. Just hours before the curtain went up on […]

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Dreamgirls UK premiere – Ibinabo Jack and Liisi LaFontaine join Amber Riley

Further casting has been announced for the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls which will have preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November and opening night on 14 December 2016. As previously confirmed, American actress and singer Amber Riley will star as Effie White. Riley will be joined by Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson and Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones, making up […]

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Dreamgirls – Ruth Brown and Karen Mav standby for Amber Riley

Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will support Amber Riley in the role of soulful singer Effie White in Dreamgirls when the previously confirmed Riley is not scheduled to perform (Wednesday evenings). Riley will star in the role for seven performances per week when the Tony Award-winning musical has its UK premiere at the Savoy Theatre with preview performances from 19 […]

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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl for up to a month

After days of headlines, the producers of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Savoy Theatre have confirmed its leading lady Sheridan Smith will be taking up to a month away from the role. The star won rave reviews for her performance as Fanny Brice in the show which transferred earlier this year to […]

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Funny Girl – Savoy Theatre

Funny Girl continues at the Savoy Theatre, London until 8 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ When it was announced that Sheridan Smith was to play Fanny Brice at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, the complete run of Funny Girl sold out within 24 hours. In theatrical terms, Smith is extremely valuable currency in the West […]

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Funny Girl previews begin at the Savoy Theatre

Previews have begun for the Savoy Theatre transfer of the critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl ahead of its much-anticipated 20 April West End opening night. Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell’s Nicky Arnstein are joined by Marilyn Cutts, Maurice Lane, Valda Aviks, Gay Soper, Natasha J Barnes, Bruce Montague and Joel Montague. The […]

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Dreamgirls in the West End – tickets go on sale this week

Sonia Friedman Productions has revealed today that tickets for the long-awaited UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls go on sale this week (already available to priority bookers with tickets going on general sale at 12 noon on Friday 1 April). The brand new production begins preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November with […]

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Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) - picture by Marc Brenner

Sheridan Smith misses Funny Girl performances following news of father’s illness

Sheridan Smith has pulled out of a number of performances of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory after she revealed her father had been diagnosed with cancer. The star has won rave reviews for her performance in the sell-out show which is due to close on Saturday ahead of its transfer to […]

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Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre – booking extended for further four weeks

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, has extended booking for a further four weeks at the Savoy Theatre until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer’s production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on […]

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Dreamgirls heads for the West End – Glee star Amber Riley cast as Effie

Amber Riley will make her West End debut this year in the UK premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls. The American actress and singer, best known for her role as Mercedes Jones in the television musical comedy Glee, will play soulful singer Effie White in the production which will open at the Savoy Theatre with performances from […]

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Guys and Dolls – Savoy Theatre

Guys and Dolls continues at the Savoy Theatre, London until 12 March 2016. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The extraordinarily effective and skilful use of stillness and silence is what I shall remember first about this show. As a whole it’s glitzy, funny and pulsating with energy as it sails triumphantly on […]

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The day has arrived – Gypsy is broadcast today on BBC4 at 9pm

Tonight (Sunday 27 December) on BBC4 at 9pm UK audiences will get the chance to see Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy at London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras captured the production for the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up as well as for a rumoured DVD release. The Sunday […]

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Funny Girl extends run at the Savoy Theatre until 10 September

Following a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week, the hit production of Funny Girl has extended its booking period at the Savoy Theatre due to popular demand. Michael Mayer’s production will now run from 9 April until 10 September 2016 – marking the musical’s 50th anniversary year. Tickets for the extended booking period production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress […]

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Menier Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith already set for West End transfer

Due to unprecedented demand the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, following the sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory which begins later this month. Michael Mayer’s production, starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice and with the cast from the Menier Chocolate Factory, will begin performances […]

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Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre – David Haig and Siubhan Harrison join the cast

Full casting has been announced for the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls, which will open at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited 13-week run from 10 December 2015. Joining Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, are David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah […]

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The WestEnders – Savoy Hotel

The WestEnders performed at the Savoy Hotel, London. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ There can be few more civilised ways to spend a Sunday evening than supping cocktails in the sumptuous environs of the Savoy Hotel’s Thames Foyer. One can take in the exquisite alabaster architecture, the pop art paintings of the Hotel’s more famous guests (from […]

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Chichester’s Guys and Dolls transfers to the Savoy Theatre in December

Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre in December for a strictly limited 13-week run. CFT continues its musical successes with this revival which follows transfers of Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Gypsy. Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker will reprise their roles, with further […]

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Gypsy smashes box office records at Savoy Theatre

Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian have revealed that Jonathan Kent’s five-star production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, has smashed the all-time box office record at the Savoy Theatre, taking £408,300 for performances ending 25 April 2015. Harrison and Ian said: “We are thrilled that this amazing record has been achieved in the 1,089-seat Savoy Theatre and are delighted that we have been able to extend our […]

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Gypsy wins Best Musical in Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy, which will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre on 15 April, has won the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical  at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014. The awards were hosted today (27 January 2015) by Critics’ Circle chairman Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings. […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – what a song and dance

Musical Theatre Review’s Paul Vale had to ‘work’ for his press ticket to a special Dirty Rotten Scoundrels media night at the Savoy Theatre. You have to hand it to the team at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, they certainly know how to make the press work hard for their complimentary ticket. A digital press night took place […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reaches West End – Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound star

The UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will arrive at London’s Savoy Theatre in March 2014 starring Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Katherine Kingsley joins the pair as Christine Colgate (A Midsummer […]

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