By Adam Hetrick
11 Mar 2009
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Under the direction of Tony nominee Robert Longbottom (Side Show, Flower Drum Song), Dreamgirls will begin performances at the Apollo Theater Nov. 7 at 8 PM and continue through Dec. 5, prior to embarking on a national tour. An on-sale ticket date for the Apollo engagement will be announced at a later time.
Dreamgirls is also scheduled to play Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre Feb. 24-April 4, 2010. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly.
Casting is currently underway for the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical, which will feature choreography by Longbottom and Emmy-nominated hip-hop artist Shane Sparks. It has also been announced that the tour will incorporate the song "Listen," which was penned for the 2006 film of Dreamgirls.
Tony Award winner Robin Wagner, who created the scenic designs for the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, will render new designs for the national tour. The design team also boasts Tony winners William Ivey Long (costume design) and Ken Billington (lighting design).
Dreamgirls turned Tony winner Jennifer Holliday into an overnight star when it debuted in 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. The 2006 film adaptation, featuring a screenplay and direction by Bill Condon, earned Jennifer Hudson a host of awards, including the Best Featured Actress Oscar for her performance as Effie White.
The Apollo Theater is located in Harlem at 253 W. 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.