Dream Girls: A Theatrical Review
Well, how else can I say it, Doma Theatre Company has another big hit on their hands with their current production of Tom Eyer and Henry Krieger’s Dream Girls. Brilliantly directed by Marco Gomez with sensational musical direction by the young powerhouse Chris Raymond, this show is simply wonderful.
Dream Girls, a story about the dreams of three young women and the man that helps them find those dreams, though with a great deal of heartache in the process, has been a smash hit all over the world, and garnered the creation of a major motion picture of the same name not long ago. As it takes the stage at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, the splendor is not lessoned. Rae Toledo, the choreographer has done a sensational job as well, but it is truly the story that wins the battle for the lover of this show, though there are no weak performances to mention either.
Constance Jewell Lopez rocks the stage and every vocal with her powerhouse performance as Effie White. Jennifer Colby Talton will thrill the audience with her stage presence and superior vocalizations as Deena Jones, while Frank Andrus Jr. as C.C. White will win your heart and praise each time he is on the stage. Let’s not forget the powerhouse performances by the likes of Tyra Dennis as Lorrell Robinson, Tiffany Williams as Michelle Morris, Welton Thomas Pitchford as Curtis Taylor Jr., and Keith Bolden as Jimmy “Thunder” Early. Also notable mention should be paid to Lina Green as Charlene, Leslie Marrero as a Stepp Sister, and James Oronoz as a Tru-Tone. And I am not even touching on the fabulous performances that are often left unseen by the band performing who include, James Blackwell on trumpet, Martin Diller on drums, Tom Luer on reeds, Ermuel Navarro on trombone, Antonio Rodrigo on bass, and of course Chris Raymond on keyboards.
This is a fantastic time at the theatre with a fantastic cast and band, powerhouse music, superior dancing, and a story that will capture and hold you’re sole. Not to be missed, Dream Girls is a full Broadway rendition of this production on a stage that has proven it deserves the right to provide it. Playing only until April 14th with shows every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, the Doma Theatre Company is housed at the Met Theatre which is located at 1089 North Oxford Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets range from $20 to $34.99, and can be purchased by logging onto the Doma Theatre Company website at www.domatheatre.com, or calling 323-802-4990. These tickets will sell out fast dear readers, so purchase yours today. Enjoy!
The California Theatre Critic