"Not Going" So Fast: Dreamgirls Extends by a Week at NYC's Apollo

By Kenneth Jones
17 Nov 2009

Dreamgirls' Moya Angela, Syesha Mercado and Adrienne Warren
Dreamgirls' Moya Angela, Syesha Mercado and Adrienne Warren
Photo by Joan Marcus

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. announced that the Apollo Theater run of the new national tour of Dreamgirls will get an extra week in Manhattan.

This new production of the Motown fairy tale will get seven extra performances, now to Dec. 12. Previews began at the Apollo on Nov. 7 toward an opening night of Nov. 22. (The previously announced close date was Dec. 6.)

Robert Longbottom (Bye Bye Birdie, Flower Drum Song) directs and choreographs the newly conceived revival, with co-choreography by Shane Sparks. The staging includes the addition of new songs.

The national tour moves to Baltimore's Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center beginning Dec. 16.

Dreamgirls has scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, and media design by Howard Werner for Lightswitch.

The creative team also includes music director Sam Davis, orchestrator Harold Wheeler and vocal arranger David Chase & Cleavant Derricks.

Dreamgirls is produced by John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions in association with Chunsoo Shin, Jake Productions & Broadway Across America/TBS.

Dreamgirls introduces Moya Angela as Effie White and features, as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, and Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris with Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory as James "Thunder" Early, Trevon Davis as C.C. White, Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison in a cast of 26 that also features Felicia Boswell, Tallia Brinson, Patrice Covington, Ronald Duncan, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James Harkness, Robert Hartwell, Eric Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Jared Joseph, Nikki Kimbrough, Brittany Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kimberly Marable, Jarran Muse, Amaker Smith and Marc Spaulding.

The tour will also play Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Costa Mesa, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Dallas, Kansas City and more. For more information, please visit www.dreamgirlsonstage.com.

Tickets to the Apollo Theater engagement of Dreamgirls range from $36-$106, and are available at www.Ticketmaster.com at (212) 307-4100, or at the Apollo box office at 253 W. 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

he playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.