Dreamgirls — about the rise of a fictional Motown girl group called The Dreams, in a time when black music was being co-opted by white producers — plays to Jan. 6, 2013, in Signature's MAX space in the Shirlington Village area of Arlington. The musical won Tony Awards for Book, Choreography (Michael Bennett and Michael Peters), Lighting, Featured Actor, Actress and Actor. It was nominated for Best Score and Best Musical.
Helen Hayes Award winner Payton (of Signature's Hairspray, Xanadu and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) will be joined by Shayla Simmons (as Deena Jones), Memphis tour veteran Crystal Joy (as Lorrell Robinson), David Bazemore (as songwriter C.C. White), Broadway American Idiot and The Lion King veteran Sydney James Harcourt (as Curtis Taylor, Jr., the band's manager), Broadway Porgy and Bess actor Cedric Neal (as R&B star James "Thunder" Early). Rounding out the cast are Kara-Tameika Watkins (as Michelle Morris), Bus Howard (as Marty) and Sean Maurice Lynch (as Wayne), plus ensemble members Jay Adriel, Lauren Du Pree, Michael J. Mainwaring, Gannon O'Brien, Stephawn P. Stephens, Nickolas Vaughan, DeMoya L. Watson and Tamara Young.
For tickets and information, visit signature-theatre.org.
Signature Theatre is the recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award.