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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen

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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls




A musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, etc.


Story:

A young female singing trio from Chicago get their big break at an amateur competition and begin singing backup vocals for James "Thunder" Early. However, things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor, Jr., makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as "The Dreams."


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Composer

Composer
Henry Krieger

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Tom Eyen



  • Premiere
  • 1987
  • 2001
  • 2006 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Imperial Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 20, 1981
Total Performances
1,521
Original Cast
Jennifer Holliday, Obba Babatunde, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Director
Michael Bennett
Choreographer
Michael Bennett
Musical Director
Yolanda Segovia
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Robin Wagner
Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design
Tharon Musser

1987 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Ambassador Theatre
Opening Night
Jun 28, 1987
Total Performances
177
Original Cast
Alisa Gyse, Kevyn Morrow, Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr., Weyman Thompson, Arnetia Walker, Lillias White
Director
Michael Bennett
Choreographer
Michael Bennett
Musical Director
Marc Falcone
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Robin Wagner
Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design
Tharon Musser

2001 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Opening Night
Sep 24, 2001
Total Performances
1
Original Cast
Heather Headley, Audra McDonald, Lillias White, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Billy Porter, James Stovall, Tamara Tunie, Adrian Bailey
Director
Brenda Braxton and Danny Herman
Choreographer
Brenda Braxton and Danny Herman
Musical Director
Seth Rudetsky
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Michael Brown
Lighting Design
Paul Gallo

2006 Film Version

Movie Name
Dreamgirls
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Bill Condon
Screenplay
Bill Condon
Starring
Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
2001 Concert Cast Album

CD
Motion Picture Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Other

Merchandise




1982 Tony Award Nominations

Best Book of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Ben Harney
Best Actress in a Musical - Jennifer Holliday
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Cleavant Derricks
Best Actress in a Musical - Sheryl Lee Ralph
Best Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Obba Babatundé
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Direction of a Musical

1982 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Jennifer Holliday
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Cleavant Derricks
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Ben Harney
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Sheryl Lee Ralph

1982 Theatre World Award Nominations

Jennifer Holliday

1988 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival

1988 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr. Outstanding Revival

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