DOMA Theatre Company opened its second “all musicals” season last week with the Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy Award winning hit “Dreamgirls.” Sizzling with R&B soul, the 1981 Broadway musical is directed at The MET by Marco Gomez for a six-week run that will continue until April 14.
Inspired by show biz stories of 1960s R&B acts like The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, “Dreamgirls” tells the story of a black girl group from Chicago that manages to make it big in a business that was then controlled by white men.
At The MET, the Dreamgirls are performed by Jennifer Colby Talton, Tyra Dennis, and Constance Jewell Lopez. They are part of a 30-people cast that delivers an entertaining show in this compact 99-seat venue. Lopez shines in her interpretation of “And I Am Telling You,” perhaps the most emotionally charged song of the show.
Keith Bolden becomes an audience favorite as Jimmy “Thunder” Early, a singer full of soul with a personality bigger than life who keeps trying to stay relevant amongst changes in the music industry and his fans’ listening preferences.
The score is played live by a 6-piece band under the musical direction of Chris Raymond.
“Dreamgirls” at The MET is thoroughly enjoyable. It will make you laugh, feel, clap and tap along and make for a pleasurable night at the theatre.
The MET Theatre
1089 North Oxford Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Fridays at 8 p.m. – March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12
Saturdays at 8 p.m. – March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13
Sundays at 3 p.m. – March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14
General admission $30 / VIP $34.99 (includes preferred seating, free parking, and a complimentary beverage) / Seniors and students with ID: $20
Parking: $5 / (behind Catalina Market in the alley just east of Western and south of Santa Monica Blvd)