Dreamgirls in Concert: The First Complete Recording

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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."

Lilias White (The Life) sizzles with "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I'm Changing."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597965629
  • Catalog Number: 79656
  • Sales rank: 285,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Looking For Something, Baby - Lee Summers (3:29)
  2. 2 Goin' Downtown - Lee Summers (2:31)
  3. 3 Takin' The Long Way Home - Heather Headley (1:38)
  4. 4 Move (You're Steppin' On My Heart) (2:12)
  5. 5 Scene: Fifty Bucks Says The Dreamettes Don't Win - Lee Summers (3:59)
  6. 6 Fake Your Way To The Top - Lee Summers (4:01)
  7. 7 Scene: It Ain't Working, Marty - Norm Lewis (1:28)
  8. 8 Cadillac Car - Heather Headley (3:06)
  9. 9 Cadillac Car (On The Road) - Aisha Dehaas (2:43)
  10. 10 Cadillac Car (Recording Studio) - Paul Castree (1:49)
  11. 11 Scene: I Don't Believe They Can Do That - Brad Oscar (1:17)
  12. 12 Steppin' To The Bad Side - Lee Summers (6:07)
  13. 13 Scene: I'm Working On A Long Shot - Norm Lewis (2:04)
  14. 14 Party, Party - Heather Headley (3:20)
  15. 15 I Want You, Baby (2:49)
  16. 16 Scene: I'm A Woman Now - Heather Headley (4:09)
  17. 17 Family - Heather Headley (3:42)
  18. 18 Scene: What Are You Doing To That Girl? - Norm Lewis (1:27)
  19. 19 Dreamgirls (3:14)
  20. 20 Press Conference - Eric Woodall (2:48)
  21. 21 Heavy - Heather Headley (4:15)
  22. 22 Walkin' Down The Strip; Scene: Las Vegas - Eric Woodall (3:15)
  23. 23 It's All Over - Eric Woodall (3:53)
  24. 24 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Tamara Tunie (5:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Opening Act II: Dreams Medley - Tamara Tunie (6:32)
  2. 2 Scene: Effie White Is The Best Singer You're Gonna Find (1:53)
  3. 3 I Am Changing (4:28)
  4. 4 Vogue Sequence - Tamara Tunie (3:58)
  5. 5 When I First Saw You (2:49)
  6. 6 Ain't No Party (5:00)
  7. 7 I Meant You No Harm - Tamara Tunie (3:57)
  8. 8 The Rap - Eric Woodall (6:25)
  9. 9 I Miss You, Old Friend - James Stovall (3:24)
  10. 10 One Night Only - Tamara Tunie (3:55)
  11. 11 One Night Only (Disco Version) - Tamara Tunie (3:36)
  12. 12 I'm Somebody - Eric Woodall (8:34)
  13. 13 Hard To Say Good-Bye - Tamara Tunie (3:47)
  14. 14 Dreamgirls (Reprise) - Tamara Tunie (1:57)
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Album Credits

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
Patrick Wilson 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
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
Ric Wilson Mastering
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Dream to Listen to!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''And I Am Telling You'' add this to your CD collection!

    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.

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