Genre: DRAMA / MUSICAL
Release Dates: December 21, 2006 (Limited) / December 25, 2006
Taglines: Fame Comes And Goes, Stars Rise And Fall, But Dreams Live Forever
Production Company: DreamWorks/ Paramount Pictures
Dreamgirls is based on the Broadway musical of the same name about a trio of black female soul singers who cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s. Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson – three friends from Chicago – are The Dreamettes. Accompanied by their songwriter C.C. White, they travel to New York to compete in a talent show at the world famous Apollo Theatre. Although the girls lose this first bid for fame, their talent attracts an ambitious manager by the name of Curtis Taylor, Jr., who uses shady tactics to move the girls from backup singers of superstar James "Thunder" Early to superstars in their own right. Curtis re-shapes the group to "crossover" from R & B to the lucrative pop music scene. Lead singer Effie gets replaced by the more attractive Deena and is eventually dropped from the trio. The group evolves into a more sophisticated group, and changes to The Dreams, with a lighter sound and chic look. However, they will soon learn that with money and fame, comes some hard life lessons.
Twenty-five years after first bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical sensation Dreamgirls comes to the big screen starring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (Ray), Beyoncé Knowles (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Danny Glover (the Lethal Weapon franchise), newcomer Jennifer Hudson, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Broadway’s Caroline or Change) and Eddie Murphy (The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle).
Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women—Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls’ look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.
Rounding out the main cast are Keith Robinson (Fat Albert), Sharon Leal (TV’s Boston Public), and three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle (Miss Saigon, The Tap Dance Kid, The Wiz).
Dreamgirls is being directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay he adapted from the stage musical’s original book by Tom Eyen. An Academy Award® winner for his screenplay for Gods and Monsters, which he also directed, Condon received another Oscar® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Chicago. He more recently wrote and directed Kinsey.
Academy Award®-nominated producer Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, I, Robot) is producing Dreamgirls, with Patricia Whitcher (Memoirs of a Geisha, The Terminal) executive producing. The lyrics are by Tom Eyen, with music by Henry Krieger.
Crew: Bill Condon (director and writer); Tom Eyen (writer); David Geffen (co-producer); Laurence Mark (producer); Patricia Whitcher (executive producer)
Cast: Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor Jr., Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, Eddie Murphy as James ‘Thunder’ Early, Jennifer Hudson as Effie White, Keith Robinson as C.C. White, Hinton Battle as Wayne, Sharon Leal as Michelle Morris, Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Danny Glover as Marty Madison, Jordan Belfi as Adam Brooks, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Man with Gun, Robert Curtis Brown as Technical director, Yvette Nicole Brown as Curtis’ Secretary, Laura Bell Bundy as Sweetheart, E.J. Callahan as Older White Man, Yvette Cason as May, John Cenatiempo asThug #1, Justin Charles as Extra, Robert Cicchini as Nicky Sylvano, Colvon Collins as Jimmy Early Band, Loretta Devine as Jazz Singer, Matthew Dickens as Jimmy Early Band Member, Johnny Erasme as Campbell Connection Dancer, Alexander Folk as Ronald, Alejandro Furth as Case Worker, Vince Grant as American Bandstand Producer, Ralph Louis Harris as M.C., John Krasinski as Sam Walsh, LaNeé as James ‘Thunder’ Early audience fan, Dawnn Lewis as Melba Early, John Lithgow as Jerry Harris, Eddie Mekka as Las Vegas Club Manager, Ken Page as Max Washington, CeCi Parker as Detroit Finale Guest, Damion Poitier as Man in D.C. Bar, A.J. Presley as Audience Member, Eriq F. Prince as Staff Worker, Marty Ryan as Stagehand, Rick Scarry as Atlanta Disc Jockey, Esther Scott as Aunt Ethel, Jocko Sims as Elvis Kelly, Bobby Slayton as Sandy Price, Angela Sorensen as Reporter, Toni Trucks as Woman in D.C. Bar, Michael Villani as Detroit Reporter, Jamar Welch as Saxaphone Player, Robert Wheeler as Musician, Mariah Wilson as Magic, Jordan Wright as Teddy Campbell