You're Gonna Love Her: Hudson Makes Solo NYC Concert Debut Dec. 30

News   You're Gonna Love Her: Hudson Makes Solo NYC Concert Debut Dec. 30 "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Hudson makes her solo New York concert debut at the Hammerstein Ballroom Dec. 30 at 10 PM.

Titled One Night Only: Dreamgirls, the concert will include nine songs from the film in addition to songs from Hudson's appearances on "American Idol," on which she was a finalist. Tony Award winner Hinton Battle, who has a supporting role in "Dreamgirls," choreographs and supplies musical staging for the one-night-only event.

The concert will be followed by a dance party with DJ Junior Vasquez featuring remixes from the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack.

Hudson plays Effie in "Dreamgirls," which opened nationwide Dec. 25. The film, based on the 1981 Broadway musical about the rise of a singing female trio, received five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Hudson.

Hudson has also won Best Supporting from the New York Film Critics Circle, Best Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review and the Pauline Kael Breakout Award from the Florida Film Critics Circle and was runner up for the Los Angeles Critics Association's Supporting Actress prize.

Battle, who plays Wayne in "Dreamgirls," has received three Tony Awards as a performer, for Sophisticated Ladies, Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid. Recently, Battle served as co-director and choreographer for Evil Dead: The Musical, currently running Off-Broadway. He choreographed the movie musical "Idlewild," which starred the group Outkast. Directed by Bill Condon, "Dreamgirls" also stars 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. 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.

The Hammerstein Ballroom is at 311 West 34th Street. For tickets or more information call (212) 279-7740 or visit saintatlarge.com.