Just like the young trio who get their start at the Apollo in the opening of the Motown musical, the new national tour of Dreamgirls also begins its journey at the famed Harlem venue that has spawned the careers of numerous comedy, soul and R&B icons. Dreamgirls will play a four-week engagement at the Apollo through Dec. 5.
While the complete tour itinerary has not been revealed, Dreamgirls is currently on the season slate for Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre, Feb. 24-April 4, 2010.
Tony nominee Robert Longbottom (Side Show, Flower Drum Song) directs and choreographs the production, which features additional choreography by Emmy-nominated hip-hop artist Shane Sparks. It has also been announced that the tour will incorporate the song "Listen," which was penned for the 2006 film of Dreamgirls.
The creative team is currently testing the latest production of Dreamgirls with an all-Korean cast at the Charlotte Theater in Seoul, South Korea through July 27. The Korean production, which opened Feb. 27, is produced by Shin Chun Soo of OD Musical Company and John Breglio for Vienna Waits productions. Casting is currently underway for the American tour.
Tony Award winner Robin Wagner, who created the scenic designs for the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, renders new designs for the production. 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.
For tickets, ranging $35-$106, visit TicketmasterApollo, phone (212) 302-0995, or visit the Apollo box office at 253 W. 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
For further information visit DreamgirlsOnStage.