THE SCREENING ROOM: Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and More Sing "And I Am Telling You" (Video)

By Playbill Staff
December 20, 2012

The Tony-nominated Best Musical Dreamgirls opened on Broadway Dec. 20, 1981, and starred Tony winner Jennifer Holliday as Effie White. In celebration of the musical, Playbill.com takes a look at various renditions of the show's famous Act One finale, "And I am Telling You."



Here are performances from Holliday, who took home the 1982 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Hudson, who took home the Oscar for her performance in 2006 film adaptation, and more.

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Jennifer Holliday's performance at the 1982 Tony Awards:

Holliday in concert:

Holliday on "The Wendy Williams Show":

Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls:

Hudson in concert:

The late Whitney Houston:

Amber Riley's performance on "Glee":

Shoshana Bean:

Sutton Foster:

Sammy Davis:

Will Smith's lip-sync performance on "The Fresh Prince":

Jim Carey on "The Larry Sanders Show":

Tamyra Gray on "American Idol":

David Archuleta at 11 years old, prior to "American Idol":

Jessica Sanchez on "American Idol":

Christine Pedi:

Charice Pempengco in a television appearance:

Bianca Ryan on "America's Got Talent":

Danyl Johnson on "The X Factor":

Trevin Hunte on "The Voice":

Jack Vidgen on "Australia's Got Talent":