Dreamgirls the Musical has caught the eye of London’s West End, and much of the attention has been due to the leading lady. Amber Riley is best known for her role in Glee, where she admitted that the script writers mostly got her to come on at the end and belt out the big number to wrap up to episode. She’s certainly getting to do a lot of belting in Dreamgirls – not that I’ve got to see her yet.
The main role of Effie White is hugely demanding vocally, and it has meant that an alternate has played the role on many occasions. In fact, I’ve been to see the show twice, both on days when Amber was scheduled to perform, and I’ve now seen both of the alternates.
There’s no need for concern if you’re coming to see the show, though. Both of the Effie’s that I’ve seen have been amazing. My favourite is Marisha Wallace, who has perfect comic timing and can belt out ‘And I’m Telling You’ like it’s no-one’s business.
The music – and vocals – are definitely why I will keep coming back to this show. Think Elphaba’s Defying Gravity riffs are good in Wicked? Come to Dreamgirls and prepare to get your head knocked off. These women give it everything on stage with performances so powerful and captivating that it’s impossible to not feel the emotion. There is a lot of deep emotional moments in this show, too. Singing about rejection, loves and friendships that are lost, and being true to yourself are all key moments.
I’m back! One busy schedule has meant that I’ve been out of the blogging game, but it’s now business as usual.
Not only am I back to Faraway Lisa Mae, but I’m back from my short holiday to Disneyland as well. Of course that means new photos, new stories, and – of course – new vlogs that are already trickling onto my YouTube channel.
So what did we get up to in this trip? Whave have I learned on my second proper trip, and what can I share with you?
This video was so much fun to film! It started with an intense (and hilarious) competition while having lunch. My sister and Alice and I were in a tough battle to find out who is the Disney song expert.
We quickly decided that it needed to be settled on camera.
How did you do compared to us? I like to think that we’re both pretty good, guessing the film and song title of nearly every round within a second or two.
Did you do better than us? Or do you need to brush up on your Disney song knowledge?
Even as a casual reader, the cost of buying books can quick add up. Gone are the days of picking up a new book for a little over a fiver. Nowadays, a bestseller will set you back £8 or £9, with new releases in hardback costing well over £10. Reading should not be an expensive hobby.
When I was growing up, I would always look forward to Sunday mornings as my dad would take my sister and I to the local library. My clearest memories of mornings spent in that historic building involved me taking over the teenage section. I would always be affronted if someone else was browsing too. What if they took the next book in the series I was working through? I would painstakingly sweep through every shelf of every bookcase, looking for something that was becoming increasingly rare – a book that I hadn’t read yet. I would select 10 at a time – the maximum that the library allowed people to borrow – and usually read one from cover to cover that afternoon and evening. That was the magic of teen books. I could get through them incredibly quickly and they usually weren’t hard to digest.
Now that my first set of Disneyland vlogs are over, it’s surely time to start asking about where the next ones will be coming from. It may not be another Florida trip, but I am very excited about what is coming next.
Yes, I’m off to Disneyland Paris once again. Got to make the most of that annual pass, which I bought in April! Having the park tickets already does make the trip a lot cheaper, which is great. My sister Alice is also very excited about the trip. In fact, she’s going to New York City a week before, so July is going to be a great month for her!
During our trip, we’re hoping to get all the rides done, see all the shows and meet lots of characters. I’ve been eagerly following Twitter updates to find out about the new things that Disneyland Paris have coming up for summer. After hearing great things, I can’t wait to see Forest of Enchantment. I’ve heard there’s going to be a new ‘Winnie the Pooh or friends’ meet-up in Fantasyland which I am very excited for. If you’ve followed my vlogs for a while, you’ll know that both Alice and I are big fans of the Hundred Acre Wood gang. Such great hugs!
I can’t wait to show my sister all of my favourite bits from my last trip. From Crush’s Coaster and Tower of Terror to Mickey and the Magician and the 25th anniversary castle show, I know it’s going to be an amazing trip.
We’re heading off in mid to late July, so do keep an eye out for our updates and the vlogs which will be coming very soon afterwards. Now it’s time to get excited!