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Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen.Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who become music superstars.Things become more complicated when Effie begins dating Curtis, and Jimmy, a married man, begins an affair with Lorrell ("Party, Party").

Curtis convinces Jimmy and Marty that they should venture beyond traditional rhythm and blues and soul audiences and aim for the pop market. "Cadillac Car" makes its way up the pop charts, but a cover version by white pop singers Dave and the Sweethearts ("Cadillac Car" (Reprise)) steals the original recording's thunder. C., and Jimmy's producer, Wayne, resort to payola, bribing disc jockeys across the nation to play Jimmy Early and the Dreamettes' next single, "Steppin' to the Bad Side". Conflict arises between Marty and Curtis when Curtis moves in on Marty's turf: Jimmy Early.Staged with a mostly African-American cast and originally starring Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Obba Babatundé, the musical opened on December 20, 1981, at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway.The musical was then nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six.As Deena is increasingly feted as a star, Effie becomes temperamental and unpredictable. Lorrell attempts to keep peace between her bandmates, but the task seems difficult.In 1967, the group – now known as "Deena Jones and the Dreams" – is set to make their Las Vegas début.

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