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Dreamgirls The Musical

music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen

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Dreamgirls follows the story of a black all-girl singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams", who become music superstars.

The Dreams' manager falls in love with Effie, but later abandons her both romantically and professionally, replacing her with someone thinner.

The basic plot of Dreamgirls is derived from the history of The Supremes, a girl-group from Detroit which was Motown's most successful group act during the 1960s.

The stage version of Dreamgirls has very little dialogue and is mostly sung-through. However, there is a great deal of acting to be done during the musical numbers.

Effie White (Gospel Belt, moves well, 20 - 30)
African American - full-figured and very talented lead singer
Deena Jones (Mezzo, moves well, 18 - 27)
African American - young, thin and beautiful
Lorrell Robinson (moves well, 18 - 30)
member of the Dreams, who has a difficult relationship with James
Curtis Taylor, Jr. (moves well, 25 - 40)
a shady businessman who becomes the Dreams' manager
James "Thunder" Early (Tenor, moves well, 25 - 40)
a popular James Brown-like R&B star who takes on the Dreamettes as his opening act.
C.C. (18 - 32)
Effie's songwriter brother
Michelle Morris (Belt, moves well, 18 - 30)
Effie's replacement
Marty (Baritone, moves well, 25 - 45)
A verteran music agent.
A press agent
Tiny Joe Dixon
Ensemble (12 - 75)
Mostly African-Americans who can sing and dance well.

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List of Songs in Dreamgirls

  • I'm Looking For Something (The Stepp Sisters)
  • Goin' Downtown (Little Albert and the Tru-Tones)
  • Takin' the Long Way Home (Tiny Joe Dixon)
  • Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart) (The Dreamettes)
  • Fake Your Way to the Top" (James "Thunder" Early and The Dreamettes)
  • Cadillac Car (Curtis, Jimmy, C.C., Marty and The Company)
  • "Cadillac Car (On the Road)" Company
  • "Cadillac Car (Recording Studio)" Company
  • "Cadillac Car" (Reprise) Dave and the Sweethearts
  • "Steppin' to the Bad Side" Curtis, C.C., Jimmy, Wayne, Marty, The Dreamettes and the Company
  • "Party, Party" Company
  • "I Want You Baby" Jimmy and The Dreamettes
  • "Family" C.C., Curtis, Jimmy, Deena, and Lorrell
  • "Dreamgirls" Dreams
  • "Press Conference" Company
  • "Heavy" Dreams
  • "It's All Over" Curtis, Effie, Deena, Lorrell, C.C., Michelle, and Jimmy
  • "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Effie
  • "Love Love You Baby" Deena Jones and the Dreams
  • "Dreamgirls (Reprise)" or "Dreams Medley" Deena Jones and the Dreams
  • "I Am Changing" Effie video
  • "One More Picture Please" Company
  • "When I First Saw You" Curtis and Deena
  • "Got to Be Good Times" Four Tuxedos
  • "Ain't No Party" Lorell and Jimmy
  • "I Meant You No Harm/Quintette" Jimmy, Deena, Lorrell, C.C., Michelle
  • "The Rap" Jimmy, C.C., Marty, Curtis, Frank, Lorrell and The Company
  • "I Miss You Old Friend" Effie and C.C.
  • "One Night Only" Effie
  • "One Night Only (Disco Version)" Deena Jones & The Dreams
  • "I'm Somebody" Deena Jones and The Dreams
  • "Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love" Deena Jones and The Dreams
  • "Dreamgirls" The Dreams

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