What does it sound like?:
Whilst on my recent London jaunt, I took the opportunity to fill the evening by attending a performance of Dreamgirls at The Savoy Theatre. A damn fine evening it was too, a very enjoyable show, the performance of which is captured by that same cast on this two cd set. The album was recorded live over four nights in February of this year, and boasts it has no studio overdubs or rerecordings, which in itself is quite an impressive testament to the professionalism of the cast and musicians.
Basically, the storyline of the fictional girl group The Dreamettes mirrors that of Dianna Ross and The Supremes, following their rise to fame and then their eventual demise after the promotion of one of the members to ‘the leader of he group’ inevitably causes much acrimony and grief.
The music is what you’d expect from a musical covering this type of group and set in Detroit in the sixties at the time Berry Gordy was turning the city into a hit factory. So it’s mainly Motown style music, most of which is quite enjoyable, especially in a live setting, and although there are a couple of duds here and there, they’re few and far between.
So overall, if you’ve seen the show this is a good souvenir of the occasion, and if not then hearing this may well make you want to pay it a visit – it hasn’t been running all these years for nothing!
What does it all *mean*?
This musical has won armfuls of awards, both here and in America, and listening to this it’s easy to see why.
Goes well with…
A night out in the West End with your partner or a group of friends.
Might suit people who like…
West End musicals, Motown.