Jennifer Holliday Will Star in Theater of the Stars Staging of Dreamgirls
By Andrew Gans
Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday will reprise her Tony-winning performance as Effie White in Theater of the Stars' summer staging of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's Dreamgirls.
Performances at the Atlanta, GA, venue are scheduled for Aug. 2-11. As previously reported, Holliday will also return to her Tony-winning role at the Filene Center, Aug. 22-25, as part of the Wolf Trap summer 2013 season.
"We are overjoyed that Ms. Holliday will be joining us once again for this spectacular production," said Theater of the Stars producer Christopher B. Manos in a statement.
The Atlanta production will feature direction by Robert Clater and choreography by Lesia Kaye.
A native of Houston, Jennifer Holliday made her professional New York theatre debut in 1980 in the revival of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. That role led to her Tony-winning performance in Dreamgirls, and her rendition of that show's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" earned the singer-actress her first Grammy Award. She has also appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Grease! and Chicago, and her television credits include "Ellen," "Touched By an Angel" and a recurring role on "Ally McBeal." Holliday earned another Grammy Award for her recording of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."
Dreamgirls debuted on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in December 1981. The musical, directed by Michael Bennett, earned 11 Tony Award nominations in 1982 and took home six, including Best Book, Best Choreography, Best Lighting and a host of acting honors.
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