Jennifer Holliday Will Star in Muny Production of Dreamgirls

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Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday will reprise her Tony-winning performance as Effie White in The Muny's July staging of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's Dreamgirls. The production will mark Holliday's Muny debut.

Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday

Performances at the St. Louis venue are scheduled for July 16-22.

In a statement Holliday said, "Dreamgirls will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I am honored and thrilled to reprise my role at the historic Muny Theater. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to bring Effie back to life yet again and to sing under the stars before 11,000 people each and every night. A great testimony to the fact that it's never too late to dare to dream new dreams."

Executive producer Mike Isaacson added, "The Muny audience will be astounded by the talent of Jennifer Holliday. The explosive power of her voice on the Muny stage is a fitting tribute to the 30th anniversary of this landmark musical and the Muny’s tradition of iconic musical theatre under the stars.”

Additional casting and creative team will be announced at a later time.

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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