Review: Dreamgirls at Palace Theatre Manchester receives standing ovation

Dreamgirls "will entertain audiences from all backgrounds" and "will leave you humming ‘Listen’ all the way home"

Presenting; Deena Jones and the dreams!

The Dreamgirls burst onto the stage showcasing the ups and downs of showbiz in the 60s. Dreamgirls follows the lives of Effie White, Jimmie Early; and The Dreams. They portray the lives of talented black singers trying to get their big break in a segregated 1960s America.

The stage is set in a way that makes you feel like you’re watching a live Las Vegas show, with dramatic spotlights, soft neon lights and sparkly glitter backdrops. You even get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes drama and confrontation between the young stars Effie and their new manager Curtis Lee JR, while The Dreams, played by Natalie Kassanga and Paige Peddie, perform in the back.

Nicole Dennis plays the role of Effie brilliantly, her spine-tingling rendition of the popular hits ‘And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going’ and ‘One Night Only’ showcase her incredible voice beautifully. The dreams all look stunning in their elaborate costumes, from silver ball gowns and feather boas to short sequin mini dresses with vinyl boots. Their outfits are signature to the era and recognisable, but somehow still timeless.

The glitz and glamour of the showbiz lifestyle contrast to the struggles anyone can relate to, dealing with the realities of juggling passion, love, relationships and friendships.

Receiving a standing ovation on the first week of the run, Dreamgirls will entertain audiences from all backgrounds, and leave you humming ‘Listen’ all the way home.

Tickets for Dreamgirls

Running from the 13th to the 24th of September at the Palace Theatre Manchester.

Excluding Monday 19th of September, where the theatre will be closed as a mark of respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II, with a minute’s silence being held before each show.


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