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DREAMGIRLS is a musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of renowed R&B acts: The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown and others. The musical is a classic,"rags to riches" tale of three young African American female singers who be_gin as innocents and ultimately triumph over jealousies, deceptions and a ruthless music industry.
The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents an intimate chamber version of DREAMGIRLS with a cast of 10 that will be performed in the heart of Harlem.
The twelve-time AUDELCO-nominated Harlem Repertory Theatre is continuing
its 2012-2013 season with an encore performance of its well reviewed production of Dreamgirls, performed as an intimate chamber version of the classic R&B musical drama. Ten talented actor/singers bring this dazzling rags to riches story to life in two settings: Act One will be played in the proscenium theatre at the 133rd Street Arts Center, while Act Two will be performed in the semi round with the actors per- forming onstage and around the audience. Two-time AUDELCO winner, Keith Lee Grant, directed and choreographed
the production. Mr. Grant shifts the focus of this iconic musical from flashy sets and costumes to the moment-to-moment emotional development of the characters: from aspiring novices in the 1960s R&B music industry to highly polished – albeit somewhat jaded – international stars.
For groups and reservations call (917) 697-3555
Harlem Repertory Theatre
The Harlem Repertory Theatre is committed to producing artistically and intellectually challenging productions that explore the experiences of a diverse range of ethnic, social and cultural communities.Moreover, The HRT stages new works and established classic musicals and plays from bold and innovative perspectives that will challenge and/or reflect the Harlem community's cultural and social values.
Critical themes of race, class and politics will often be addressed in our productions as we hope to inspire, entertain and educate our audiences through the diverse repertory of popular and obscure plays and musicals that we stage each season.
The HRT staff is committed to offering first-rate and affordable theatrical performances to the greater Tri State area; consequently when it is possible — the admission fees to our productions will range from a ten-dollar suggested donation to requesting that our patrons simply, "pay what you can".
In conclusion, The HRT is committed to fulfilling Langston Hughes’ 1938 vision for a professional theatre in Harlem:
"...On the opening night... a beaming Langston renew(ed) his promise of a Harlem repertory theatre: 'We want to build a theatre for you folks, a theatre for which you may write, in which you may act. This is your theatre.' "
It is our hope to begin to realize this dream of a Harlem Repertory Theatre that the remarkable Langston Hughes had for the Harlem Community. Please help us make Mr. Hughes’ dream and ours a reality by supporting the Harlem Repertory Theatre.