In 1962, at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, The Dreamettes arrive late for a talent contest that they hope will launch their R&B career. The trio, featuring the large and powerful lead singer Effie White backed up by slender Deena and sassy Lorrell, is accompanied by Effie’s brother C.C., who writes all their material. Smooth-talking businessman Curtis Taylor manipulates the contest, and The Dreamettes do not win the trophy. Instead, Curtis becomes the group’s manager, and he negotiates a job for the girls as backup singers for gospel star Jimmy Early. Dreamgirls follows the story of a black, all-girl singing trio from Chicago called “The Dreams” and the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry.

Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Andrew Henry Krieger

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