THE SCREENING ROOM: Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and More Sing "And I Am Telling You" (Video)
20 Dec 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.
Jennifer Holliday's performance at the 1982 Tony Awards:
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.