DREAMGIRLS is a Broadway musical which tells the rags-to-riches story of an up and coming, 1960s
girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. The musical follows
the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams”,
who become music superstars. It revolves around the era between the late 1960s to 1980s and tells
the tale of the journey of ´The Dreams´ with the main Protagonist Effie White
(originally played by Jennifer Holliday, and then by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 release).
The musical, which first premiered at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1982, was later adapted
into motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006, starring Jamie Foxx,
Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, who won the 2006 Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Effie White.
With music by Academy® Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony® and Grammy
®-Award winner Tom Eyen, DREAMGIRLS features a few unforgettable hits, including “And I
Am Telling You I´m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.
In 1982, Holliday´s recording of Effie´s solo “And I Am Telling You I´m
Not Going” was a #1 single on the Billboard R&B charts; while Hudson´s rendition
of of the torch song became a Top 20 R&B single, and a number-one dance hit!
“And I am telling you” - the signature tune of the musical relays Effie´s
love for Curtis Taylor Jr., her manager when she refuses to let Curtis leave her behind. The lyrics
of the torch song says it all “I´m staying and you ....you´re gonna love me.
This highly sought after musical is now brought to Malaysia live in Istana Budaya from 14 to 24
July 2011. It is presented by BROADWAY ACADEMY who has been given full rights to stage Dreamgirls
in Malaysia. This production is a collaboration with KPKK, JKKN and Istana
Budaya. Get your tickets now before it is being snapped off. Tickets on sales now!
Effie White - Elvira Arul and Dina (Singer and performer)
Curtis Taylor Jr. - Tony Eusoff (Celebrity TV and film actor)
Deena Jones - Cheryl Samad (Celebrity TV presenter and host)
Lorrell Robinson - Azura Zainal (Celebrity TV presenter and host)
Michelle Morris - Ruzana Ibrahim (Singer and performer)
C.C White - Dafi (Akademi Fantasia finalist)
Dina - Understudy for Effie White and ensemble (Finalist for Malaysian Idol S1 and celebrity radio DJ)
Reefa - Understudy for Jimmy Thunder and ensemble (Celebrity radio DJ and Malaysia rapper)
Marty Madison - Indi Nadarajah (Celebrity comedian with Comedy Court)
Kris Coleman - Jimmy "Thunder" Early