Dreamgirls At the Bristol Hippodrome Review


Reviewed by Mrs_Taylor

I had no idea what to expect going into Dreamgirls apart from glitzy costumes and that it was an award winning musical. I hadn’t watched the film so apart from knowing a few of the songs (such as One Night Only) I was intrigued as to what the story was going to be about.

I arrived at the Bristol Hippodrome at my allocated time and was pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t a queue. It was quick and easy to show proof of a COVID pass or recent test on admission and then show my ticket before being let in. Due to COVID everybody has to wear a mask in the building and also for the entire show which, as the theatre was packed, made you feel safer. Bristol Hippodrome is such a great theatre and my seat in the stalls had a fantastic view of the stage. There are also many different places to buy drinks and snacks from in the interval.

I soon found out that Dreamgirls follows three talented singers, Effie, Deena and Lorrell in the 1960s as they try to become famous and shows the realities of show business as well as the different tests on their friendship. The entire show is filled with catchy songs, costumes just as glitzy as I was hoping they would be (and there were some amazing costume changes throughout the show) and incredible choreography. I loved the three ‘Dreams’ as soon as they arrived on stage and I was completely engrossed before the first song had finished. The story really shows the highs and lows of fame and I found myself hoping for a happy ending.

All of the actors were fantastic. Natalie Kassanga as the wonderful Deena Jones, Paige Peddie as the lovely Lorrell Robinson, Dom Hartley- Harris as the charming but nasty Curtis Taylor Jr, Brandon Lee Sears as the fabulous Jimmy Early (the energy he had for the entire show was just insane), Shem Omari James as the talented C.C. White and Jo Servi as the great Marty. But it was absolutely Nicole Raquel Dennis as the incredible Effie White who stole the show. Her voice is just so powerful and her rendition of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going was so emotional and had many people clapping before it was even over. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone sing like that before and it completely blew me away. I would happily listen to that rendition again and again!

The whole audience clearly also loved the show as there was a standing ovation at the end. And it was clear to see why. The story, songs, set design, costumes and of course the voices of all the actors were sublime. The show was 2 hours and 40 minutes long including the interval and the time just flew by.

This is definitely a must see! It has everything you want from a musical and is the perfect evening entertainment which will wash away any January blues you might have.

Rating: 5/ 5

Tickets cost from £13.00 and there is a £3.65 transaction fee.

Dreamgirls is on at Bristol Hippodrome between Thursday 6th January 2022 and Saturday 22nd January 2022, for more information or to book tickets visit: or call the box office on 020 7206 1174.

Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ

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