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Dreamgirls   

 
Imperial Theatre, (12/20/1981 - 8/11/1985)
First Preview: Dec 09, 1981 Total Previews: 10
Opening Date: Dec 20, 1981    
Closing Date: Aug 11, 1985 Total Performances: 1521

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Act I: The early sixties. Act II: The early seventies. Various cities throughout the U.S.



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Musical Director: Yolanda Segovia; Vocal arrangements by Cleavant Derricks
Directed by Michael Bennett; Choreographed by Michael Bennett; Co - Choreographer: Michael Peters
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Associate Costume Designer: Frank Krenz; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Hair Design by Ted Azar
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc., Eric M. Angelson, Gary Gunas and Steven C. Callahan; Management Associate: Joey Parnes
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Stage Manager: Zane Weiner and Frank di Filia; Technical Coordinator: Arthur Siccardi
Musical Supervisor: Harold Wheeler; Music Contractor: Seymour "Red" Press; Keyboards: Myles Chase; Drums: Brian Brake; Bass: Tinker Barfield; Guitars: Andrew Schwartz and Peter Strode; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus, Al Miller and Bob Holloway
General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Diane Judge; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Casting: OLAIYA; Casting Consultant: Johnson-Liff Associates; Dance Captain: Brenda Braxton
Cast
Obba BabatundéC.C. White
Cleavant DerricksJames Thunder Early
Loretta DevineLorrell Robinson
Ben HarneyCurtis Taylor, Jr.
Jennifer HollidayEffie Melody White
Sheryl Lee RalphDeena Jones
Deborah BurrellMichelle Morris
One of "The Stepp Sisters"
Vondie Curtis-HallMarty
Tony FranklinWayne
David ThoméFrank
a press agent
Ensemble
Cheryl AlexanderCharlene
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Phylicia Ayers-AllenEnsemble
Vanessa BellOne of "The Stepp Sisters"
Ensemble
Charles BernardOne of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Paul BinottoDave
Film Executive
Ensemble
Candy DarlingOne of "The Sweethearts"
Ensemble
Ronald DunhamEnsemble
Stephanie EleyOne of "The Sweethearts"
Ensemble
Sheila EllisEdna Burke
Ensemble
Tenita JordanOne of "The Stepp Sisters"
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Linda LloydJoanne
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Carol LogenOne of "The Sweethearts"
Joe LynnTiny Joe Dixon
Jerry
a nightclub owner
Ensemble
Frank MastrocolaEnsemble
Jamie PattersonOne of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Wellington PerkinsOne of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
Ensemble
Scott PlankOne of "The James Early Band"
Film Executive
Ensemble
Brenda PressleyOne of "The Stepp Sisters"
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Charles Randolph-WrightOne of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Larry StewartThe M.C.
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Mr. Morgan
Ensemble
Weyman ThompsonOne of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Film Executive
Ensemble
Swings: Brenda Braxton and Milton Craig Nealy
Understudies: Cheryl Alexander (Lorrell Robinson), Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Deena Jones), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Curtis Taylor, Jr.), Sheila Ellis (Effie Melody White), Tony Franklin (C.C. White), Linda Lloyd (Michelle Morris), Milton Craig Nealy (Jerry, Marty), Scott Plank (Frank), Larry Stewart (James Thunder Early) and Weyman Thompson (Wayne)
Tony Award®
 1982 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Michael Bennett , Bob Avian , Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
winner 1982 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 
 Book by Tom Eyen
 1982 Best Original Score [nominee] 
 Music by Henry Krieger ;  Lyrics by Tom Eyen
winner 1982 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Ben Harney
winner 1982 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Jennifer Holliday
 1982 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Sheryl Lee Ralph
winner 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Cleavant Derricks
 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Obba Babatundé
 1982 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 
  Robin Wagner
 1982 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Theoni V. Aldredge
winner 1982 Best Lighting Design [winner] 
  Tharon Musser
winner 1982 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Michael Bennett
winner 1982 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Michael Peters
 1982 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Michael Bennett
Theatre World
winner 1982 Award [recipient] 
  Jennifer Holliday
Drama Desk Award
 1982 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Michael Bennett , Bob Avian , Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
winner 1982 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Jennifer Holliday
 1982 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Sheryl Lee Ralph
winner 1982 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Cleavant Derricks
 1982 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Ben Harney
 1982 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 
 Directed by Michael Bennett
 1982 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 
 Lyrics by Tom Eyen
 1982 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 
  Theoni V. Aldredge
winner 1982 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 
  Tharon Musser
winner 1982 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 
 Scenic Design by Robin Wagner
music by Henry Krieger; lyrics by Tom Eyen
ACT 1 Sung By
I'm Looking for SomethingThe Stepp Sisters
Goin' DowntownLittle Albert and the Tru-Tones
Takin' the Long Way HomeTiny Joe Dixon
Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart)Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Fake Your Way to the TopJames Thunder Early, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and The James Early Band
Cadillac CarCurtis Taylor, Jr., James Thunder Early, C.C. White, Marty and The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise) The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise) The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise) Dave and the Sweethearts
Steppin' to the Bad SideCurtis Taylor, Jr., C.C. White, James Thunder Early, Wayne, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and The Company
Party, PartyThe Company
I Want You BabyJames Thunder Early, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
FamilyC.C. White, Curtis Taylor, Jr., James Thunder Early, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson
DreamgirlsEffie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Press ConferenceThe Company
Only the BeginningCurtis Taylor, Jr., Deena Jones and Effie Melody White
HeavyEffie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Heavy (Reprise) Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
It's All OverCurtis Taylor, Jr., Effie Melody White, Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, C.C. White, Michelle Morris and James Thunder Early
And I Am Telling You I'm Not GoingEffie Melody White
Love Love You BabyLorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and Michelle Morris
ACT 2 Sung By
"Dreams" MedleyDeena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
Dreamgirls (Reprise) Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
I Am ChangingEffie Melody White
One More Picture PleaseThe Company
When I First Saw YouCurtis Taylor, Jr. and Deena Jones
Got to Be Good TimesThe Five Tuxedos
Ain't No PartyLorrell Robinson and James Thunder Early
I Meant You No HarmJames Thunder Early
QuintetteDeena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, C.C. White, Michelle Morris and James Thunder Early
The RapJames Thunder Early, C.C. White, Marty, Frank (a press agent), Lorrell Robinson and The Company
I Miss You Old FriendEffie Melody White, Marty, C.C. White and Les Style
One Night OnlyEffie Melody White
One Night Only (Reprise) Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
I'm SomebodyDeena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Michelle Morris
Faith in MyselfEffie Melody White
Hard to Say Goodbye, My LoveDeena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Michelle Morris