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About the Show

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."

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Henry Krieger
Lyricist and Librettist: Tom Eyen

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Imperial Theatre
Opening Night: Dec 20, 1981
Total Performances: 1521
Original Cast: Jennifer Holliday, Obba Babatunde, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Director and 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 and 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 and Choreographer: Brenda Braxton and Danny Herman
Musical Director: Seth Rudetsky
Orchestrations: Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design: Michael Brown
Lighting Design: Paul Gallo

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