"Listen" Will Be Part of Dreamgirls National Tour

News   "Listen" Will Be Part of Dreamgirls National Tour
The Academy Award-nominated song "Listen" — penned for the 2006 "Dreamgirls" film — will be incorporated into the forthcoming national tour of the Motown musical Dreamgirls when it launches at Harlem's Apollo Theater in November.
Jennifer Hudson, Beyonc
Jennifer Hudson, Beyonc Photo by Dreamworks

Robert Longbottom, who staged Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's Side Show on Broadway and earned a Tony Award nomination for his choreography on the 2003 revival of Flower Drum Song, will direct and co-choreograph the national tour of Dreamgirls, which features additional choreography from Emmy-nominated hip-hop artist Shane Sparks.

Written for the role of Deena Jones in the Dreamgirls film, "Listen" is among several songs added for the film, including "Love You I Do," "Patience" and "Perfect World." Representatives for the production confirm that "Listen" will be the only song from the film incorporated into the new theatrical staging.

Casting for Dreamgirls has not been announced.

Tony Award winner Robin Wagner, who created the scenic designs for the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, will render new designs for the national tour. The design team also boasts Tony winners William Ivey Long (costume design) and Ken Billington (lighting design).

Dreamgirls features music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tom Eyen. The late Michael Bennett directed and choreographed the original Broadway production; Bennett won a Tony Award for the show's choreography. Dreamgirls turned Tony winner Jennifer Holliday into an overnight star when it debuted in 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. The 2006 film adaptation, featuring a screenplay and direction by Bill Condon, earned Jennifer Hudson a host of awards, including the Best Featured Actress Oscar for her performance as Effie White.

An on sale ticket date for the Apollo launch of Dreamgirls will be announced shortly.

Dreamgirls has also been announced to play Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre Feb. 24-April 4, 2010.

The Apollo Theater is located in Harlem at 253 W. 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

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