Dreamgirls Musical Coming to Vancouver

Image courtesy of Arts Club

Image courtesy of Arts Club

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.

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Dreamgirls Musical Coming to Vancouver

Celebrate 50 Years of Groundbreaking Theatre in Vancouver

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photo: Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata | artsclub.com

Today, Vancouver is celebrated as a cosmopolitan oasis of art and culture on Canada’s west coast. But it wasn’t always that way.

Just 50 years ago, live theatre was almost unheard of in the city. That’s when a little company called the Arts Club opened its doors in a converted gospel hall in a rough-and-tumble section of downtown.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Groundbreaking Theatre in Vancouver