Dreamgirls — Original London Cast Recording

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We’re not big fans of musicals but this impressed: we’d think if you’re a fan of plays ruined by singing, you’ll love it.

This is (as the name suggests) the original London cast performing, and it was recorded live at the Savoy Theatre.

It’s based on the story of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, and follows the story of The Dreams, a young female singing trio from Chicago, who become music superstars.

The performances are, as one would expect, high. The backing musicians are at the top of their game, and a Press release is right to call singer and actress Amber Riley (Effie White) sensational: she isn’t this year’s Olivier winner of best actress in a musical for nothing, but she’s by no means far and away the best.

The other Dream girls are good: Deena Jones (Liisi LaFontaine) and Lorrell Robinson (Ibinabo Jack), while Adam J Bernard (Jimmy Early) won an Olivier for best supporting actor in a musical.

The album includes the most iconic songs from the musical including And I am Telling You I’m Not Going, as well as Listen and One Night Only.

The recording is sharp and the spoken sections add to the feeling that you’re listening to a live show. It’s got pace and energy, and anyone who has seen the show will love it.

We never have to play it again, ever, and for that praise the Lord. But you might love it.

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