New York, NY
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.
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133rd street arts center
308 West 133rd Street
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.
HRT’S Production of DREAMGIRLS has been declared a highlight of the 2012 New York City Theatre Season by Matt Blank and Michael Gioia,
Playbill staffers and contributors shared favorite theatregoing memories from the year 2012. Mr. Blank wrote that one of his highlights was “Becoming part of the action while seated onstage … at Harlem Rep's immersive Dreamgirls,” While Michael Gioia also wrote "high points of the year include... experiencing an audience-immersed production of Dreamgirls at Harlem Rep."
Dion Millington made Suzy Evans’ list of the 10 outstanding performances of the 2012 New York City ‘s Professional Theatre season,
“Effie White is one of the crown jewels of the musical-theater canon, and Millington wore that diamond triumphantly for Harlem Repertory Theatre. In her professional stage debut, she unearthed a rawness andan honesty in a character who can often turn into a caricature.
Millington’s belt and stage presence make her
one to watch.”
The Critics Have Raved!
"Dreamgirls drastically changed at HRT... amazing vocal performances…Dion Millington knocked her songs out of the park. She has a powerful, beautiful voice and definite stage presence… Isis Kenney, who portrays Lorrell, also has a wonderful voice. Natalia Peguero plays Deena, and she sings well, and also pulls off the acting side of the role. Oscar Aguirre gave a very focused performance as Curtis Taylor Jr. and Roberto Guzman delivered an engaging performance as C.C. White, Effie’s songwriting brother. Eric Myles was entertaining as James Early."
The New York Times-
"If you needed one illustration of the director Keith Lee Grant's strong, confident staging, 'Steppin' to the Bad Side,' a number about payola, would do nicely.”
“This sparkly, constantly moving showbiz drama, set in theaters from Harlem to Las Vegas, may seem an unlikely candidate for an intimate setting like the black-boxy walk-up theater at the 133rd Street Arts Center… the effort is a success, and the audience’s physical closeness (at times, cast members were practically singing into my ear) exposes an extra layer of emotion"
"The heart of Dreamgirls is Effie White, the opinionated, talented singer whose dreams are thwarted when her stubbornness gets the best of her and her friends respond to the siren call of fame. A Dreamgirls without the right Effie cannot succeed, and Harlem Repertory Theater has discovered a great Effie. Dion Millington delivers a beautifully raw and unaffected performance, rupturing every heart in the house with her piercing renditions of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing.”
"You have to admire the chutzpah of a director attempting to put on a musical of the magnitude of Dreamgirls in a black box theater without all the razzmatazz of costuming, lights, and fancy stagecraft for which this musical is so well-known. However, Keith Lee Grant has managed to make something special happen with his scaled-down revival of Dreamgirls, now being presented by the Harlem Repertory Theatre at the 133rd Street Arts Center."
"Grant has made a lot of smart choices in the staging, giving the show pace and speed..."
"Peguero is the right combination of beautiful and innocent with a light, pleasing pop voice to play the role of Deena. "
"Isis Kenny very nearly steals the show as Lorrell, the trio's third original member, and the way she plays her relationship with James Thunder Early (the promising Eric Myles at our performance) is funny and sassy. This young woman can sing with both bite
"Best of all is Millington's performance as Effie -- especially her performances of her big ballads,
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Am Changing," both of which are electrifying."
"Dreamgirls is such a sturdy piece of musical
theater ... And with these three women on stage,
it often soars."