Dreamgirls Summary

  • Dreamgirls is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: December 9, 2019
  • Opens February 10, 2020
  • Show Closes: Open ended

Dreamgirls is a Jukebox musical that is loosely based on the careers of The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and other prominent R&B acts from the 1960’s

Dreamgirls on Broadway Background

Dreamgirls originally premiered on Broadway in 1981 and the show closed four years later with a bevy of Tony Awards and critical and box office success. The stage show made Jennifer Holliday a star with her portrayal of Effie White. This show was probably the very first jukebox musical to go on Broadway, with the producers ditching the show score and going with whole versions of the original songs. Although the revival is a fresh approach, it is not completely new as it completed a successful three year run on London’s West End in February 2019. The show isn’t supposed to be about one singing group in particular, but the show does have many similarities to the story of The Supremes. It may be that the original writer did not want to pay royalties to the original band members. The film version of the show was released in 2006 and starred Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Will Smith. The movie went on to receive two Oscars and put Hudson and Foxx on the movie making map.

What’s Dreamgirls Like?

If you like the R&B music and songs from the 1960’s you will love this show. It is a classic jukebox musical, so what it lacks in a coherent story, it more than make up for with musical entertainment. Dreamgirls is the story of three black R&B singers in a fictional group The Dreamettes. The trio begin in the competitive world of show business as friends and improve their act with a few pitfalls and setbacks along the way. Once they start getting some traction, they begin tinkering with the formula to get the perfect group, which leads to some professional jealousy and personal unkindness. As the newly named “Dreams: go on to achieve stardom and multiple pop hits, they unkindly leave one of their original members behind, which comes back to haunt them later in life. The show takes on an upbeat ending, but the true ending for so many groups of this ilk is far less satisfying and it feels that the show writer didn't have the guts to put it in.

Is Dreamgirls Good for Kids?

This show is suitable for children over the age of 12, but contain many scenes of an adult nature including drugs, sex and violence.

Theatre Information

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,102
Entrance: 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Theatre Information

Cort Theatre Seating Chart

Producers

Sonia Friedman Productions

Production Credits

General Manager
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting

Creative Team

Book & Lyrics
Tom Eyen
Music
Henry Krieger
Director & Choreographer
Casey Nicholaw
Settings
Tim Hatley
Costumes
Gregg Barnes
Lighting
Hugh Vanstone
Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler