SHOWBIZ CHICAGO PHOTO SPOT! DREAMGIRLS at The Marriott Theatre

The Four Dreams: Rashidra Scott (Lorrell Robinson), Raena White (Effie), Britney Coleman (Deena) and Darilyn Burtley (Michelle Morris)

DREAMGIRLS, the smash Broadway musical turned hit movie, currently in previews at The Marriott Theatre (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Ill.), opens August 29 and runs through October 28, 2012.  All photos are courtesy of Peter Coombs and The Marriott Theatre.

With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tony and Grammy-winning Tom Eyen, DREAMGIRLS features the unforgettable hits “(And I Am Telling You) I’m Not Going”, “One Night Only” and “I Am Changing”. The musical opened on Broadway in 1981, running for 1,521 performances, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning six. At the helm of the Marriott Theatre production is multiple Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Marc Robin.

DREAMGIRLS was adapted into a major motion picture by DreamWorks Pictures andParamount Pictures, which opened in December 2006. The film, starringJennifer Hudson(Big River atMarriott Theatre!) and Beyoncé Knowles, won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007.

Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, DREAMGIRLS follows the rags to riches story of a young female 1960s Motown group from Chicago. Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White are performing as The Dreamettes when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll sensation James “Thunder” Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to a personal and professional crossroads. Effie must then find the strength within to rise again, just as Deena will later need to master all her fortitude to leave the controlling Curtis and pursue her dreams of acting. The heartbreaks of showbiz, love, and music all collide in this acclaimed musical that will sing and dance its way into your heart.

Raena Whitestars as “Effie” (Off-Broadway company of Sistas, Martin: A New American Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Stages St. Louis and SHOUT! at theMarriott Theatre).Britney Coleman stars as “Deena” (Into The Woods at Center Stage/Westport Country Playhouse, Tarzan: The Broadway Musical at Wagon Wheel Theatre) withRashidra Scott as “Lorrell” (Broadway productions of Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Hair, Avenue Q) and Eleasha Gamble (2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in The Civil War at Ford’s Theatre) as “Effie” at select performances.

Eric Lajuan Summersstars as “James Thunder Early” (Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid, Aida, and The Wedding Singer; National Tour of Porgy and Bess), Byron Glenn Willis as “Curtis Taylor, Jr.” (Once On This Island, Dreamgirls, Treasure Island at the Marriott Theatre; Porgy and Bess and Caroline, or Change at Court Theatre), Darilyn Burtley as “Michelle Morris”,Travis Turneras “C.C. White”, Trinity Murdock as “Marty”, Ivory Doublette as “Charlene”, and ensemble membersKevin Barthel,Brian Bohr,Jonathan Butler-Duplessis,Malynda Hale,James EarlJones II, Evan Tyrone Martin, Brian-Alwyn Newland, AlexisJ. Rogers,Kelvin RostonJr., Lorenzo Rush Jr. and Adrienne Walker.

Lead Artistic Director Aaron Thielen heads the Artistic Team of DREAMGIRLS, with Direction and Choreography by Marc Robin, Music Direction by Doug Peck, Lighting Design byJesse Klug, Scenic Design by Thomas M. Ryan, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Sound Design by Robert E. Gilmartin and Properties Design by Sally Weiss. Patti Garwood conducts the Marriott Theatre Orchestra.

For tickets, performance schedule and more information, visit www.MarriottTheater.com.

Photo credit: Peter Coombs and TheMarriott Theatre

 


Britney Coleman and Byron Glenn Willis


Byron Glenn Willis and Raena White


DREAMGIRLS Family


Jimmy and the Dreamettes: Raena White(Effie), Rashidra Scott(Lorrell Robinson),

Britney Coleman(Deena) and Eric Lajuan Summers(James Thunder Early)


Raena White as Effie


The Dreams: Rashidra Scott(Lorrell Robinson),Britney Coleman(Deena) and Darilyn Burtley (Michelle Morris)