Original Stars Of DREAMGIRLS To Reunite For One Night Only

Squeee!!!!

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Dreamgirls!

Via BroadwayWorld:

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls – Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song.

This Broadway Under the Stars special event will be at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, in Hollywood, for one performance only on Sunday, July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start at $65 and VIP packages are available. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The D.I.V.A. Foundation and The Actors Fund.

I was a music theatre major in college when the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls opened. During it’s run, I saw the show 14 times at the Imperial Theater. To this day it remains one of the most impactful productions I’ve ever experienced.

These three ladies – Ralph, Devine and Holliday – were the perfect balance of raw power, grace and emotion. The original Dreamgirls taught me that theatre could be THAT real and emotionally open.

If you’re in Los Angeles on July 10th, do not miss this.Ticket info here.

Tony Awards On CBS Tonight!

In advance of tonight’s Tony Awards show on CBS at 8PM, I wanted to reflect back on the days when the Tonys would pay tribute to the giants of the Broadway world.

From the 1970s through the 1980s the telecast, in addition to handing out the awards for excellence that year on Broadway, would deliver world-class numbers and entertainment honoring the artists of the Broadway genre.

In 1988, a year after 7-time Tony Award winner Michael Bennett’s death, original cast members of A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls came together for a terrific montage to remind of his genius.

More than any other director or choreographer, I think (in my mind) I’ve hoped to aspire to the kind of vision Michael brought to his work.  Breaking ground time after time with Company, Follies, A Chorus Line and the breathtaking Dreamgirls, I’ve had a visceral connection to his genius ever since I can remember understanding who he was.

Watch below – AND don’t forget to watch the Tony tonight!

Thanks to my blogger buddy Wicked Gay Blog for reminding me of this fab clip.

Sheryl Lee Ralph to join NBC’s ‘SMASH’

Sheryl Lee Ralph (via Instagram)
Jennifer Hudson is following in Megan Hilty’s Smash footsteps in getting a Broadway veteran to play her mother.

I couldn’t be happier to hear the news.  I worked with Sheryl Lee in a production of Applause in Los Angeles where she played the iconic “Margo Channing”  and was fantastic.  This is a real talent.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, who played Dreamgirls‘ Deena Jones on Broadway in 1981, has been tapped to guest star on the second season of NBC’s Broadway drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by Vulture, Ralph will guest star as Cynthia, the mother to Hudson’s Veronica Moore.

Hudson’s Veronica is described as a Tony-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Hilty). The former Dreamgirls Oscar winner will appear in multiple episodes of Smash’s second season, which is set to return midseason.

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters played mother to Hilty’s Ivy on the first season of Smash, appearing in a pair of episodes to support her daughter as she struggled with the demands of Bombshell, the play at the center of Season 1.

In addition to Dreamgirls, Ralph’s stage credits also include 2002’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and features Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. On the small screen, her résumé includes “Hunter,”  “Designing Women” and “Moesha.”

Jennifer Holliday & Jennifer Hudson duet: ‘And I Am Telling You…’

Waaaaaait. Waaaaait.

Original Tony Award winning ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Holliday and Oscar winning ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Hudson duet on “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going…”

I hyperventilated watching this. The most excited performance I ever saw on Broadway was the original production of DREAMGIRLS. Almost 30 years ago I hyperventilated through the entire show. Complete brilliance. And Jennifer Holliday brought the house down. DOWN.

I really enjoyed the movie of DREAMGIRLS a lot. And Jennifer Hudson was terrific.

Not to take sides, but you have to give it to Jennifer Holliday by a nose here. She’s still got it, and still giving it. She leaves it all out on the stage. Still.

Wow. Lucky audience.