Is Dreamgirls Headed Back to Broadway?

News   Is Dreamgirls Headed Back to Broadway? "Dreamgirls," which recently received eight Academy Award nominations excluding one for Best Picture, may be headed back to the Broadway stage.

Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger told the New York Post that John Breglio — the lawyer who oversees the estate of original Dreamgirls director-choreographer Michael Bennett — will hold a meeting next month to discuss a Broadway revival of the 1981 musical. "We're going to figure out how to do this," Krieger told the New York daily. "We think it's time. All is good." In a written statement issued Jan. 25 Breglio said, "There's a lot of interest in bringing Dreamgirls back to Broadway. The owners of the musical decided a year ago not to make any decision about a Broadway revival until after the film was released. As for my producing a new production of Dreamgirls, for the time being my focus is on A Chorus Line. Whether or not I want to jump into another project this soon is something I need more time to consider."

Dreamgirls, which concerns the rise of a Supremes-like singing group amid a flurry of infighting, debuted at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on Dec. 9, 1981, playing 1,521 performances before closing Aug. 11, 1985. The original cast featured Obba Babatundé, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Deborah Burrell. The show lost the Tony for Best Musical to Maury Yeston's Nine. A 1987 revival at the Ambassador Theatre starred Lillias White, Alisa Gyse, Kevyn Morrow, Weyman Thompson and Arnetia Walker.

The film of "Dreamgirls" — which opened nationwide Christmas Day — stars Jennifer Hudson as Effie, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Fox as Curtis Taylor Jr., Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early and Danny Glover as Marty. Director Bill Condon also wrote the film's screenplay based on the late Tom Eyen's book. The film employs most of the original score by Eyen and Henry Krieger as well as four new tunes: "Love You I Do" (for Effie), "Listen" (for Deena), "Patience" (for James "Thunder" Early) and "Perfect World" (for Teddy Campbell, a child musical sensation rising alongside The Dreams).