The Tony-nominated Best Musical Dreamgirls opened on Broadway Dec. 20, 1981, and starred Tony winner Jennifer Holliday as Effie White. In celebration of the musical, Playbill.com takes a look at various renditions of the show's famous Act One finale, "And I am Telling You."
Here are performances from Holliday, who took home the 1982 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Hudson, who took home the Oscar for her performance in 2006 film adaptation, and more.
Jennifer Holliday's performance at the 1982 Tony Awards:
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You