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Dreamgirls in Concert: The First Complete Recording
     

Dreamgirls in Concert: The First Complete Recording

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Dreamgirls in Concert, recorded at a gala commemorating the legendary musical's 20th anniversary, will give the many devotees of Michael Bennett's 1981 landmark show cause for elation. A gritty showbiz saga about the rise and fall of a trio of black female singers loosely modeled on the Supremes, Dreamgirls trades on characters and situations that

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Dreamgirls in Concert, recorded at a gala commemorating the legendary musical's 20th anniversary, will give the many devotees of Michael Bennett's 1981 landmark show cause for elation. A gritty showbiz saga about the rise and fall of a trio of black female singers loosely modeled on the Supremes, Dreamgirls trades on characters and situations that will induce déjà vu in anyone familiar with the Motown story. This vibrant recording captures every supercharged nuance of Henry Kreiger (Side Show) and Tom Eyen's R&B-savvy score, which is celebrated as a Broadway breakthrough for its successful use of mainstream music in a traditional book musical. A runaway success, the original production of Dreamgirls racked up 1,522 performances and six Tony Awards and launched the career of Jennifer Holliday, who scored a hit with the explosive and heartbreaking "And I'm Telling You I’m Not Going." For this one-night-only benefit performance, a stellar troika of Tony-winning divas was recruited -- Audra McDonald (Ragtime) Heather Headley (Aida), and Lillias White (The Life) -- and all three create stirring, flesh-and-blood characterizations. The audibly thrilled audience spurs each cast member to a red-hot intensity that builds for more than two hours and three dozen selections before culminating in a moving and thoroughly satisfying encore of the title song. The complete score, with recitative and dialogue, is featured on this lush double-disc set, rectifying the omissions of the original-cast album. Included are favorites like "Family," "I Am Changing," "Move," and "Hard to Say Goodbye," as well as "Heavy," "It's All Over," and "Dreams Medley," all released here for the first time. This is a stunning record of a fabulous night that should, hopefully, prompt the long-overdue, full-scale revival that Dreamgirls fans continue to clamor for.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
This 20th anniversary performance of the 1981 musical was recorded less than two weeks after September 11, 2001, in N.Y.C., no less. So forgive the stars (Heather Headley, Audra McDonald, and Lillias White) if they're not quite as lively or as joyful as they should be. But in the telling of a Supremes-like girl group who has their ups and downs -- captured here for the first time in their complete form on disc -- the game one-time cast has a ball with the material. And the showstopper "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" still thrills after all these years.
Billboard
Lilias White (The Life) sizzles with "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I'm Changing."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597965629
catalogNumber:
79656
Rank:
109676

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Performance Credits

Jay Brandford   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Eileen Folson   Cello
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Clay Ruede   Cello
Lillias White   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Rick Dolan   Violin
Richard Heckman   Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Porter   Vocals,Track Performer
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Malcolm Gets   Vocals,Track Performer
Blair Lawhead   Violin
Adrian Bailey   Vocals,Track Performer
Audra McDonald   Vocals,Track Performer
Emily Skinner   Vocals
Ashley Horne   Violin
Peter Donovan   Bass
Darius de Haas   Vocals
James Stovall   Vocals,Track Performer
Norm Lewis   Vocals,Track Performer
Heather Headley   Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Vocals
Kena Tangi Dorsey   Track Performer
Paul Castree   Vocals,Track Performer
Brad Oscar   Vocals,Track Performer
Andre Garner   Track Performer
Jorge Avila   Violin,Concert Master
Dennis Stowe   Vocals
Rosa Curry   Vocals
Aisha de Haas   Vocals
Patrick Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Bennett   Director,Producer,Choreographer,Production Director
Peter Fitzgerald   Sound Design
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Liner Notes,Synopsis
Joel Moss   Engineer,Engineering
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration
Joan Marcus   Cover Photo
Adam Blackburn   Engineer,Engineering
Bob Avian   Producer
Tom Eyen   Lyricist,Book
Gregg Schaufeld   Editorial Coordinator
Frank Rich   Liner Notes
Brenda Braxton   Director
Gragg Schaufeld   Editorial Coordinator

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Dreamgirls in Concert: The First Complete Recording 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen a truncated version of the touring company and thought that was Dreamgirls. I originally bought this CD because of Audra McDonald, but all of the performances are stellar and i finally know what the story really was all about. An exceptional recording of a great Broadway show that has never been heard on disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't quite know what to expect when I got this. All I knew was that I saw the title DREAMGIRLS IN CONCERT and I know that I just had to have it. I know that this was recorded shortly after the WTC tragedy but I think that the performers used those emotions to put on a memorable show. Lillias White's performance was magnificent. Audra McDonald was sensational. Heather Hedley was phenominal. I highly recommend this full recording of DREAMGIRLS. On July 21, 2002, I saw Jennifer Holliday perform in DREAMGIRLS at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. That show in Atlanta was not at the power, level, and emotion that this show was at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is absolutly wonderful!!! Lillias White's redition of I am changing will give you goosebumps. It is wonderful to hear all of the dialouge also. It is such ashame that Mr. Geffen did not allow the show to be filmed. You listen to this recording with visuals in your head that now will never be realized!