“And I Am Telling You”: Dreamgirls To Be Revived on Bway Spring 2004

News   “And I Am Telling You”: Dreamgirls To Be Revived on Bway Spring 2004
Dreamgirls, the 1981 musical that made a star out of Jennifer Holliday, is headed back to Broadway.

The New York Times reports that the high-energy musical, featuring a score by Henry Krieger and the late Tom Eyen and a Tony-winning book by Eyen, will be mounted on Broadway next spring. Scott Sanders’ company, Creative Battery, recently obtained the rights to the musical, and the search is now on for a director. The late Michael Bennett — of A Chorus Line and Follies fame — directed the original Broadway production to dazzling effect. Sanders told the Times that he became interested in producing a Dreamgirls revival after attending the 2001 Actors’ Fund benefit concert of the musical, which starred a Tony-winning threesome: Lillias White, Audra McDonald and Heather Headley. Said Sanders, “It was so inspirational to hear that score again . . . We look at Dreamgirls as a precious commodity, and so we are taking great care with it.”

Dreamgirls, which concerns the rise of a Supremes-like singing group amid a flurry of infighting, debuted at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on Dec. 9, 1982, 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.

Dreamgirls song titles include "One Night Only," "I Am Changing," "When I First Saw You," "I'm Somebody," "Family" and Effie's first-act show-stopper, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."

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