Dreamgirls at The Savoy Theatre

I normally don’t pay too much attention to any plays or musicals that come out in London. However, when I found out about Dreamgirls I was desperate to see it on a stage. It’s one of my favourite musical films and I Amber Riley who stars in it is an amazing singer. She recently won an award for her part in Dreamgirls! I recently went on a trip to London without John or Erin and my sister bought me Dreamgirls tickets as a birthday present.

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls is currently being performed at the the Savoy Theatre. As theatres go, this one is one of the nicest that I have been to in London but it’s no wonder really is it.

The seats were comfortable and the view was fantastic. We were sat in the front row of the upper circle in what were classes as obstructed view seats. I had no problems seeing at all but I did have to lean over sometimes but that was because I wanted to get closer!!

Dreamgirls

I’ll be completely honest and say that I was dying to see Amber Riley play Effie White. Imagine my disappointment when we got to the Savoy and read that it was an alternative instead. Heart dropped! However, I soon got over that when I heard Karen Mav sing. I didn’t think you could get much better than either Jennifer Hudson or Amber Riley but my god this girl can sing. When she sang And I Am Telling You I had actual goosebumps and was close to tears. I could not fault her performance in the slightest and I’m actually glad we got to see her play Effie.

The whole cast was fantastic though. I wasn’t sure how Jimmy Early’s character would come across on stage but Adam J Bernard was wonderful. He had the cheek and charm that Eddie Murphy did in the film. He had the audience clapping along and cheering for him which was great!

I did, of course, have favourite moments in the show and some which I wasn’t prepared for. There were a few changes compared to the film version of Dreamgirls and one of the biggest was the song Listen. The theatre version is a duet between Effie and Deena. I was ready to hate it but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it was as good as Beyonce singing it on her own but it really worked with the story.

There was nothing I disliked about Dreamgirls. The songs were great, the performances outstanding and the sets/ costumes dazzling. Dreamgirls is now one of the best musicals I have seen on the stage. I would quite happily go back and see it again tomorrow.

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My London Getaway!

Last week I did something I didn’t think I’d do for a really long time. I went away for a couple of days without Erin or John. Part of realising that I have PND also meant that I realised that I need some me time now and again. So, I headed off to London for a night to see my sister and her fiance (Nat & Chris). It was also a kind of late birthday present too.

London

I arrived late morning on the Thursday and we started off with a Wetherspoons breakfast before heading off to Jurassic Kingdom (Review coming soon). Even though Erin wasn’t with me, I still wanted to do a couple of things that maybe I wouldn’t have normally done before. We all had loads of fun, especially taking selfies with the dinosaurs. It was a beautiful day as well so it was nice to get out of the city and in a big, open space.

After Jurassic Kingdom I headed to my hotel, the Holiday Inn Express (Review coming soon) in North Acton, to check in and lighten my bags a bit. The hotel was a 2 minute walk from the tube station so that was great. It is about 20 minutes away from central London on the tube but I didn’t mind that at all.

On Thursday evening we had tickets to see Dreamgirls (Review coming soon), which was my birthday present from Nat and Chris. Before the theatre we went to Bills for dinner. Bills is one of my favourite restaurants so I knew the food would be amazing!

I was so incredibly excited about seeing Dreamgirls. Not living in London means never really being too bothered about seeing any shows. However, Dreamgirls is a favourite of mine and I was desperate to see it. Unfortunately though, Amber Riley wasn’t in it on the night we went but that wasn’t a problem. Come back to read the review in a few days!

On Friday we also had quite a few plans. I got up quite early and headed out for a roam about on my own before meeting Nat and Chris again. We were meeting near the Southbank Center so I went to look at the London Eye and to chill by the river. I think I got there at about 9am and it was so quiet and peaceful. It was a lovely place to be before everything opened.

At 11:30 we had tickets for the London Duck Tours. (Review coming soon) I’ve never done a tour of London before and I was so excited about this. This really didn’t disappoint and it’s one of the most fun things I’ve done in London.

Lunch on Friday was my favourite restaurant of all time, Vapiano. There are branches all over the world and they have the best pasta ever.

Vapiano

Of course, we had to do a bit of shopping so we went to Liberty’s and Carnaby Street where I finally got to go to Choccywoccydoodah. I was in chocolate heaven and could have bought everything. I didn’t though. Instead, we went to Bubblewrap Waffle in Chinatown. I had to wait an hour for a waffle but my god was it worth it!?

By this time we were all exhaused but we headed to Westfield Stratford as it’s not far from where Chris lives. He had to pick up some bits as he and Nat were coming back with me for the weekend. Nat and I did some wedding dress viewing and a bit more shopping but that didn’t last long. My poor feet were killing me.

My London getaway was bloody knackering but it was so needed. I got to do loads of my favourite things and also do something new and exciting. I can’t say I felt refreshed but I can quite happily go for quite some time now before needing some time to myself like that again.

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Theatre review: Avenue Q

Last night I went to see Avenue Q at the Norwich Playhouse with my husband, Kirsty and her husband. I have wanted to see this show for so long now but never would have picked it in London as there is always so much else to see. At £17 a ticket, this was much better priced and the theatre isn’t huge so seats are always really good.

Avenue Q follows Princeton, a new graduate trying to find his purpose in life. On his journey he meets a whole host of colourful and furry characters on Avenue Q who help him to realise what he should be doing with his life. The story is heart-warming but rude and hilarious at the same time. The songs are catchy but not for the young. This show is only for audiences of 14 and up and for good reason. Songs like The Internet is for Porn are not for everyone but I loved them!

Avenue Q has a fantastic cast of actors who are on stage with their puppets. The strange thing about this one is that you can see them operating the puppets but that doesn’t take anything away from the show, it only adds to it. Each actor really becomes the character of the puppet with their facial expressions and body language matching what is going on in the story.

While all of the cast and characters were amazing, The Bad Idea Bears were by far my favourite (played by Joseph Betts and Emma Hume). These bears are cute as hell but so, so naughty! They would get me into a lot of trouble if they were my friends, that’s for sure!

The Threshold Theatre Company’s performance of Avenue Q was nothing short of amazing.

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