Written by Mike Martin
Let me get a few things out-of-the-way…
Dreamgirls is a script that runs a bit long and does tend to show its age.
Lyrically the score is a bit one note and juvenile.
This production had some sound hiccups when I attended.
Now that the unpleasantness is out-of-the-way, let me say that this production of Dreamgirls is an absolute treat. This is a production that not only makes one pine wistfully for the big, spectacle shows of the 80’s in its staging, but showcases talent that transcends the very limitations I mentioned above. Masterful choreography and direction keep the pace moving and fluid, and technically (other than the sound issues mentioned above) the production value is top-notch. If you haven’t been to La Mirada (or it’s been a FEW years as in my case), do yourself a favor and see some big shows done right. While I applaud the efforts of smaller theatres, even I am capable of forgetting what a great night of theatre can be with a bit of a budget behind it. Continue reading