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Friday, December 08, 2006

Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, DreamGirls, NYC.....

Our Info-tainment reporters Clark Dark and GIRL6 were in New York City, New York, earlier this week to bring back this report about the premiere of the new motion picture version of the hit Broadway musical show

which opens across the country on Christmas Day.

Clark Dark here. On Monday evening in Manhattan, "the city that never sleeps", was featuring big dreams, as the producers, the stars and their star-studed guests, arrived at the Ziegfeld Theater for the premiere of "DreamGirls". The film is loosely based on the biography of that most faamous of female singing groups from the 1960s, The Supremes.

Beyoncé Knowles, who plays the role of a Diana Ross-type character, Deena, is the former lead singer and founder of Destiny's Child, along with her co-stars Anika Noni Rose, a Tony Award winning actress in the role of Lorell Robinson; a Mary Wilson-type character, and American Idol contestant, Jennifer Hudson in the part of Effie White; a Florence Ballard-type character; comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, who plays James "Thunder" Early, a Jackie Wilson/James Brown-type character; and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, in the role of the maninpulative manager Curtis Taylor, Jr.; all were spectacular crowd pleasers as they made their way into the theater.

The estimated $75 million film production from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures is a much anticipated version of the hit Broadway musical that won 6 Tony Awards. The film's director is Bill Condon widely recognized for writing the Oscar winning musical film "Chicago", which is another Broadway musical that translated quite well to film.
Condon revealed in an interview with USA TODAY that instead of telling the story through song, as in the Broadway version, he has added spoken dialogue. "It is a realistic medium," he says. "And Dreamgirls is a very emotional, somewhat gritty story grounded in reality."
Here's a "DreamGirls" trivia quiz.

  • Who won a 1982 Tony Award for her portrayal of, Effie White, the Florence Ballard-type character in the show?
  • Who sang the show-stopper tune "I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"?
  • Can you name the original "DreamGirls" from the hit Broadway musical ?
  • Name the original director of this mega-hit classic 1981 Broadway show?
  • Which actress who played in the original "DreamGirls" Broadway show makes a brief appearance in the film?

  • (Girl6 has the answers in the next post where more on the premiere continues.)

    Other stars in the film are Danny Glover, Loretta Devine, Keith Robinson, Hinton Battle, Sharon Leal, John Lithgow, Laura Bell Bundy and Ken Page.

    There will be roadshow screenings at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City; the Arclight Cineramadome in Los Angeles, and the AMC Metreon 15 in San Francisco for 10 days beginning December 15th through December 25th, Christmas Day when the picture opens nationwide. Roadshow screenings are used as a method for marketing big-budget film productions. They sometimes include lobby exhibits on the making of the film, as this one for DreamGirls does. Each ticket buyer will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merchandise and the soundtrack. They will also receive a limited edition program. There will be no commercials or trailers before the screening begins and, unlike the original roadshows of the 1950s and '60s, there will be no intermission.

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