"Dreamgirls was a perfect fit to open the 60th Anniversary Season at North Shore Music Theatre. I have started every season with a strong leading lady, and this show has three amazing leading ladies,” said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney in an earlier statement. "Dreamgirls is a 35-year-old show, but the recent film has made is feel like a newer title that fits in with the rest of the musical season, which are all recent Broadway hits. While the original 1981 production of Dreamgirls featured staging that is iconic, I know that our director/choreographer, Nick Kenkel, can put a unique spin on it just as he did with last season’s acclaimed original production of Chicago. I am excited to open our new production in June."
The cast is headed by Breanna Bartley (Michelle), Britney Coleman (Deena Jones), Grasan Kingsberry (Curtis Taylor, Jr.), JC Montgomery (Marty), Bryonha Marie Parham (Effie Melody White), Destinee Rea (Lorrell Robinson), Eric LaJuan Summers (James "Thunder" Early) and Noah J Ricketts (C.C. White).
The ensemble includes Esther M. Antoine, Tamala Baldwin, Reggie Bromell, Darren Bunch, Alia Hodge, AJ Lockhart, Tim McGarrigal, Ashley McManus, NaTonia Monet, Clinton Roane, Allysa Shorte, Alex Swift, Rickey Tripp and Akron L. Watson.
Dreamgirls has music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen. Songs from the musical include “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “One Night Only” and “Steppin’ To The Bad Side.”
The musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of 'The Dreams,' an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group – inspired by the career of Diana Ross and The Supremes – as they experience the triumphs and tribulations that accompany their pursuit of fame and fortune in the tumultuous music industry." In addition to director-choreographer Nick Kenkel, the creative team also includes Jesse Vargas (music direction), Evan A. Bartoletti (scenic design), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (costume design), Ken Smith (lighting design), Michael Eisenberg (sound design), John Godbout (production stage manager), Katie Scarlett (assistant stage manager), Jacob Yates (assistant music director) and Binder Casting (casting).
Dreamgirls is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (owner/producer), Kevin P. Hill (artistic director) and Tom Amos (associate producer).
For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly.