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Imperial Theatre , (12/20/1981 - 8/11/1985)
First Preview:Dec 09, 1981 Total Previews:10
Opening Date:Dec 20, 1981   
Closing Date:Aug 11, 1985 Total Performances:1521

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Act I: The early sixties. Act II: The early seventies. Various cities throughout the U.S.


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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Musical Director: Yolanda Segovia; Vocal arrangements by Cleavant Derricks
Directed by Michael Bennett; Choreographed by Michael Bennett; Co - Choreographer: Michael Peters
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Associate Costume Designer: Frank Krenz; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Otts Munderloh; Hair Design by Ted Azar
General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc., Eric M. Angelson, Gary Gunas and Steven C. Callahan; Management Associate: Joey Parnes
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Stage Manager: Zane Weiner and Frank di Filia; Technical Coordinator: Arthur Siccardi
Musical Supervisor: Harold Wheeler; Music Contractor: Seymour "Red" Press; Keyboards: Myles Chase; Drums: Brian Brake; Bass: Tinker Barfield; Guitars: Andrew Schwartz and Peter Strode; Music Preparation Supervisor: Mathilde Pincus, Al Miller and Bob Holloway
General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Diane Judge; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Casting: OLAIYA; Casting Consultant: Johnson-Liff Associates; Dance Captain: Brenda Braxton
Cast
Obba Babatundé C.C. White
Cleavant Derricks James Thunder Early
Loretta Devine Lorrell Robinson
Ben Harney Curtis Taylor, Jr.
Jennifer Holliday Effie Melody White
Sheryl Lee Ralph Deena Jones
Deborah Burrell Michelle Morris
One of "The Stepp Sisters"
Vondie Curtis-Hall Marty
Tony Franklin Wayne
David Thomé Frank
a press agent
Cheryl Alexander Charlene
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Phylicia Ayers-Allen Ensemble
Vanessa Bell One of "The Stepp Sisters"
Ensemble
Charles Bernard One of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Paul Binotto Dave
Film Executive
Ensemble
Candy Darling One of "The Sweethearts"
Ensemble
Ronald Dunham Ensemble
Stephanie Eley One of "The Sweethearts"
Ensemble
Sheila Ellis Edna Burke
Ensemble
Tenita Jordan One of "The Stepp Sisters"
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Linda Lloyd Joanne
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Carol Logen One of "The Sweethearts"
Joe Lynn Tiny Joe Dixon
Jerry
a nightclub owner
Ensemble
Frank Mastrocola Ensemble
Jamie Patterson One of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Wellington Perkins One of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
Ensemble
Scott Plank One of "The James Early Band"
Film Executive
Ensemble
Brenda Pressley One of "The Stepp Sisters"
One of "Les Style"
Ensemble
Charles Randolph-Wright One of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Ensemble
Larry Stewart The M.C.
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Mr. Morgan
Ensemble
David Thomé Ensemble
Weyman Thompson One of "Little Albert and the Tru-Tones"
One of "The James Early Band"
One of "The Five Tuxedoes"
Film Executive
Ensemble
Swings: Brenda Braxton and Milton Craig Nealy
Understudies: Cheryl Alexander (Lorrell Robinson), Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Deena Jones), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Curtis Taylor, Jr.), Sheila Ellis (Effie Melody White), Tony Franklin (C.C. White), Linda Lloyd (Michelle Morris), Milton Craig Nealy (Jerry, Marty), Scott Plank (Frank), Larry Stewart (James Thunder Early) and Weyman Thompson (Wayne)
Tony Award®
 1982 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
winner 1982 Best Book of a Musical [winner]
Book by Tom Eyen
 1982 Best Original Score [nominee]
Music by Henry Krieger; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
winner 1982 Best Actor in a Musical [winner]
Ben Harney
winner 1982 Best Actress in a Musical [winner]
Jennifer Holliday
 1982 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Sheryl Lee Ralph
winner 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Cleavant Derricks
 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Obba Babatundé
 1982 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Robin Wagner
 1982 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Theoni V. Aldredge
winner 1982 Best Lighting Design [winner]
Tharon Musser
winner 1982 Best Choreography [winner]
Michael Bennett
winner 1982 Best Choreography [winner]
Michael Peters
 1982 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Michael Bennett
Theatre World
nominee 1982 Award [recipient]
Jennifer Holliday
Drama Desk Award
 1982 Outstanding Musical [nominee]
Produced by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
winner 1982 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner]
Jennifer Holliday
 1982 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Sheryl Lee Ralph
winner 1982 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner]
Cleavant Derricks
 1982 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Ben Harney
 1982 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee]
Directed by Michael Bennett
 1982 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee]
Lyrics by Tom Eyen
 1982 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee]
Theoni V. Aldredge
winner 1982 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner]
Tharon Musser
winner 1982 Outstanding Set Design [winner]
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner
music by Henry Krieger; lyrics by Tom Eyen
ACT 1Sung By
I'm Looking for Something The Stepp Sisters
Goin' Downtown Little Albert and the Tru-Tones
Takin' the Long Way Home Tiny Joe Dixon
Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart) Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Fake Your Way to the Top James Thunder Early, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and The James Early Band
Cadillac Car Curtis Taylor, Jr., James Thunder Early, C.C. White, Marty and The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise)The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise)The Company
Cadillac Car (Reprise)Dave and the Sweethearts
Steppin' to the Bad Side Curtis Taylor, Jr., C.C. White, James Thunder Early, Wayne, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and The Company
Party, Party The Company
I Want You Baby James Thunder Early, Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Family C.C. White, Curtis Taylor, Jr., James Thunder Early, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson
Dreamgirls Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Press Conference The Company
Only the Beginning Curtis Taylor, Jr., Deena Jones and Effie Melody White
Heavy Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
Heavy (Reprise)Effie Melody White, Lorrell Robinson and Deena Jones
It's All Over Curtis Taylor, Jr., Effie Melody White, Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, C.C. White, Michelle Morris and James Thunder Early
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Effie Melody White
Love Love You Baby Lorrell Robinson, Deena Jones and Michelle Morris
ACT 2Sung By
"Dreams" Medley Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
Dreamgirls (Reprise)Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
I Am Changing Effie Melody White
One More Picture Please The Company
When I First Saw You Curtis Taylor, Jr. and Deena Jones
Got to Be Good Times The Five Tuxedos
Ain't No Party Lorrell Robinson and James Thunder Early
I Meant You No Harm James Thunder Early
Quintette Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, C.C. White, Michelle Morris and James Thunder Early
The Rap James Thunder Early, C.C. White, Marty, Frank (a press agent), Lorrell Robinson and The Company
I Miss You Old Friend Effie Melody White, Marty, C.C. White and Les Style
One Night Only Effie Melody White
One Night Only (Reprise)Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, Michelle Morris and The Company
I'm Somebody Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Michelle Morris
Faith in Myself Effie Melody White
Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Michelle Morris