Star Quality: Broadway's Best Belting

By Ben Rimalower
19 Apr 2014

Jennifer Holliday

3. Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls

You never forget the first time you saw Jennifer Holliday sing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." As a lifelong aficionado of belting, I sometimes worried that I superficially favored vocal prowess over song interpretation. Then, I saw Jennifer Holliday. Yes, she is an undeniable force of nature, but it all erupts from a deep well of feeling and intention. Holliday's form and content are one and the same. This is musical theatre as art.