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What if Aretha Franklin had been a member of The Supremes? In one sentence, that's Dreamgirls. [It's also a fine example of the kind of stuff our gay friends adore -- don't ask me to explain how this A-list breeder cast fits into a gay-feel musical, but they do]
The Dreamettes are Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) Deena Jones (Beyonce Knowles) and plus sized Dreamette Effie Melody White (Jennifer Hudson) whose brother Clarence Conrad 'C.C.' White (Keith Robinson) writes their songs. produced by "Discovered" at an amateur-hour style concert (boy, are we datng ourself) the girls are hired Rainbow Records founder (and ex-car salesman) Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) to sing backup for Rainbow's big act, James 'Thunder' Early (Eddie Murphy).
What begins as a drama with music soon becomes non-stop musical. By definition Dreamgirls becomes as close to an opera as anything the late 20th century birthed. It would be a wonderful thing if we liked the music in the show, but most of it is the kind of Broadway musical stuff that bores the stuffing out of us. We fully admit not having a great liking for musicals in general, but we sit and we are always prepared to be surprised, as we were with Chicago a couple of years ago. What's the difference between Chicago and Dreamgirls? One is a Fosse driven, slam bang breeder friendly romp. The latter is firm wristed (as opposed to limp wristed) gay.
Curtis' original friend and partner Marty Madison (Danny Glover) later an estranged business relationship
Effie = Florence Ballard; Deena = Diana Ross (duh); Lorrell = Mary Wilson; Curtis Taylor Jr = Berry Gordy
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Dreamgirls, he would have paid . . .
it's a dateflick. It's a very, very well made film (made in a lousy
year for movies) which is how it makes its way on to our Top Ten list.
Yeah, it did.
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