And You're Gonna Love Dreamgirls

Nigh on 20 years we’ve been hearing an annual rendition of ‘And I am teeeeelling you’ via various TV talent shows. If you didn’t know, that bona fide banger is from the musical Dreamgirls, which later became the movie starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce╠ü. Now on its first national UK tour, in a quaint, full-circle twist, Hudson’s character, Effie is played by The Voice 2019 finalist, Nicole Raquel Dennis, who performed the song alongside her show mentor, the very same Jennifer Hudson. It’s a small world, showbusiness.

Dreamgirls will arrive at The Alexandra for a month-long run from Tuesday December 6 until Saturday December 31. Quite a way to see out the year, if you fancy it. 42 years on from opening on Broadway, this production hasn’t ceased with its top-notch musical offering, glamour and sparkle (in its 2016 West End debut, Swarovski offered up a million crystals for the costumes).

Directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award winning Casey Nicholaw, who has produced as diverse productions as profanity-filled The Book of Mormon to Disney’s Aladdin, the story follows Deena, Effie and Lorrell throughout their career as an R&B girl group during the 1960s and 70s. Dealing with newfound fame and the realities of being black women in America – within the ruthless music industry and during a revolutionary time – they morph from talent competition winners, The Dreamettes, into The Dreams, and ride the rollercoaster world of showbusiness. The trio are signed to a black-owned record label, clearly inspired by Motown Records and their original sound of the era, including the talented girl groups like The Marvelettes and The Shirelles; so the musical numbers in this are some of the best around. Don't miss the chance to belt them out for yourself. Tickets from £13 to £68.