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News "Dreamgirls" Soundtrack Due in Stores in December Two versions of the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack — featuring music from the film based on the musical of the same name — will arrive in stores in December.

A single "Dreamgirls" disc and a double-CD Collector's Edition entitled "Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture" will both be released on the Sony label Dec. 5, according to Amazon.com.

The single CD will feature 19 tracks from the Bill Condon-directed film. Those tracks include "Move," "Fake Your Way to the Top," "Cadillac Car," "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "Love You I Do," "I Want You Baby," "Family," "Dreamgirls," "It's All Over," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "When I First Saw You," "Patience," "I Am Changing," "I Meant You No Harm"/"Jimmy's Rap," "I Am Changing," "One Night Only," "One Night Only" (Disco), "Listen," "Hard to Say Goodbye" and "Dreamgirls" (Finale).

The complete track listing for the two-CD version follows:
Disc One:
"I'm Lookin' for Something"
"Goin' Downtown"
"Takin' the Long Way Home"
"Fake Your Way to the Top"
"Big" (Instrumental)
"Cadillac Car"
"Steppin' to the Bad Side"
"Love You I Do"
"I Want You Baby"
"It's All Over"
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

Disc Two:
"I'm Somebody"
"When I First Saw You"
"I Am Changing"
"Perfect World"
"I Meant You No Harm"/"Jimmy's Rap"
"Lorrell Loves Jimmy"/"Family" (Reprise)
"Step On Over"
"I Miss You Old Friend"
"Effie, Sing My Song" (*Bonus Track)
"One Night Only"
"One Night Only" (Disco)
"Hard to Say Goodbye"
"Dreamgirls" (Finale)
"Curtain Call"
"Family" (End Title)
"When I First Saw You" (Duet)
"One Night Only" (Dance Mix/*Bonus Track)
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Dance Mix/*Bonus Track)
"Patience" (Composer Demo/*Bonus Track)

"Dreamgirls," a co-production of DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures that is set to hit movie theatres Dec. 21, stars Jennifer Hudson as Effie, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Fox as Curtis Taylor Jr., Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder Early" and Danny Glover as Marty. Director Bill Condon also wrote the film's screenplay based on the late Tom Eyen's book. The film employs most of the original score by Eyen and Henry Krieger as well as four new tunes. "Dreamgirls," according to the film's official website, "follows the rise of a trio of women — Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) — who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James 'Thunder' Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. The spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing back the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined."

The musical Dreamgirls, which concerns the rise of a Supremes-like singing group amid a flurry of infighting, began previews at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on Dec. 9, 1981 and officially opened Dec. 20, playing 1,521 performances before closing Aug. 11, 1985. The original cast featured Obba Babatundé, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Deborah Burrell. The show lost the Tony for Best Musical to Maury Yeston's Nine. A 1987 revival at the Ambassador Theatre starred Lillias White, Alisa Gyse, Kevyn Morrow, Weyman Thompson and Arnetia Walker.

Pre-orders are currently being accepted for "Dreamgirls" ($12.97) and "Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture" ($24.98). Visit www.amazon.com for more information.

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