The hit Motown musical Dreamgirls is making a stop in Vancouver.
The rags to riches drama about three wannabe divas from Chicago comes to the Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre May 9-July 7. Eight shows are already sold out for what is expected to be one of the hottest theatrical productions of the year.
The original musical, which opened on Broadway in 1981, ran for an impressive 1522 performances and earned both a Tony Award and a Grammy Award. It was later adapted into the hit 2006 film, Dreamgirls, which featured Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy and garnered two Oscars.
The musical traces the evolution of a 1960s girl group dubbed the Dreamettes, loosely based on the Supremes. Action opens in 1962 at the famous Amateur Night talent competition inside New York’s Apollo Theatre. The ragtag trio of soul singers loses the competition but gains a manager. Their career takes off when they abandon traditional R&B for more mainstream pop sounds, catered to a white audience.