PHOTO CALL: Dreamgirls, Starring Raena White, Britney Coleman and Rashidra Scott, at Marriott Theatre
By Krissie Fullerton
The Marriott Theatre's production of Dreamgirls, featuring Raena White, Britney Coleman and Rashidra Scott, officially opens Aug. 29, following previews that began Aug. 22, at the company's home in Lincolnshire, IL.
Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Marc Robin leads the production, which features White as Effie, Coleman as Deena and Scott as Lorrell. Also featured are Eric LaJuan Summers as James "Thunder" Early, Byron Glenn Willis as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Darilyn Burtley as Michelle Morris, Travis Turner as C.C. White, Trinity Murdock as Marty and Ivory Doublette as Charlene. Eleasha Gamble plays Effie at select performances.
Rounding out the ensemble are Kevin Barthel, Brian Bohr, Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Malynda Hale, James Earl Jones II, Evan Tyrone Martin, Brian-Alwyn Newland, Alexis J. Rogers, Kelvin Roston Jr., Lorenzo Rush Jr. and Adrienne Walker. Performances continue through Oct. 28.
Dreamgirls, according to the Marriott, "follows the rags-to-riches story of a young female 1960s Motown group from Chicago. Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White are performing as The Dreamettes when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock 'n' roll sensation James 'Thunder' Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to a personal and professional crossroads. Effie must then find the strength within to rise again, just as Deena will later need to master all her fortitude to leave the controlling Curtis and pursue her dreams of acting. The heartbreaks of showbiz, love, and music all collide in this acclaimed musical that will sing and dance its way into your heart."
Here's a look at the production:
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