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Renaissance Performing Arts has added Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience to its winter lineup as an online streaming production. Dreamgirls will be available to stream at your home on January 23, January 30, and February 6 and is part of the Park National Bank Broadway Series.
Originally premiering on Broadway on December 20th, 1981, this dazzling musical won an astounding seven Tony Awards. The film version, released in 2006 and starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Hudson, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Based on the lives and careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Brown, The Shirelles, and other R&B groups, Dreamgirls tells the story of a Chicago girl group who become musical superstars. Set in the 1960s, it contains such unforgettable songs as “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “We Are Family,” and “When I First Saw You.” It is credited with shining a light onto the struggles of African American and female artists as they fight to gain success and acceptance in the entertainment business.
Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience is a fully staged theatrical event, directed by Michael Thomas, with projected imagery by Ryan Shreve of Fyrebird Media, choreography by Deon Taylor and Caroline Grace Williams, and light and sound design by Aaron Nicolas. This uniquely staged concert version of the smash-hit musical stars Condrea Webber, Leiah Lewis, Jody Odom Jr, Deon Taylor, Najee Rawls, Chantel Ross, Nykera Gardner, Tymir Hammock, George Swarn, Kristal Lawrence, Kartrea Johnson, and Torre and Tonne Webber.
Michael Thomas, Artistic Director, stated, “We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to stage this rarely-done masterpiece – and perform it with talent drawn from our own community. This production is a testament to the incredible professional musicians and artists who live right here in North Central Ohio.”
Tickets for Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience can be purchased by going to www.RenTickets.org or by contacting the Renaissance Box Office at 419-522-2726. The Box Office is currently open by appointment only. Tickets are $25 for each date of the at-home stream. The virtual experience can be viewed on any device with a web browser and is available from 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM on each date.
Source, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association