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Dreamgirls (2006)

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Drama, Music, Musical |

Dreamgirls is a American musical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name by composer Henry Krieger and lyricist/librettist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a film à clef, a work of fiction taking strong inspiration from the history of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as the Dreams and their manipulative record executive.

The film adaptation of Dreamgirls stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, and also features Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson. Produced by Laurence Mark, the film’s screenplay was adapted by director Condon from the original Broadway book by Tom Eyen. In addition to the original Kreiger/Eyen compositions, four new songs, composed by Krieger with various lyricists, were added for this film. Dreamgirls features the acting debut of Hudson, a former American Idol contestant and singer.

In 1962 Detroit, Michigan, young car salesman Curtis Taylor Jr. meets a black girl group known as “The Dreamettes”, which consists of lead singer Effie White and backup singers Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson, at an R&B amateur talent show at the Detroit Theatre. Curtis presents himself as The Dreamettes’ new manager and arranges for the girls to become backup singers for Chitlin’ Circuit R&B star Jimmy “Thunder” Early.

Director: Bill Condon

Writers: Tom Eyen (based on the original broadway production book by), Bill Condon (screenplay)

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson

Cast:

Jamie FoxxCurtis Taylor Jr.
BeyoncéDeena Jones (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Eddie MurphyJames ‘Thunder’ Early
Danny GloverMarty Madison
Jennifer HudsonEffie White
Anika Noni RoseLorrell Robinson
Keith RobinsonC.C. White
Sharon LealMichelle Morris
Hinton BattleWayne
Mariah Iman WilsonMagic (as Mariah Wilson)
Yvette CasonMay
Ken PageMax Washington
Ralph Louis HarrisM.C. (as Ralph Harris)
Michael-Leon WooleyTiny Joe Dixon
Loretta DevineJazz Singer
John LithgowJerry Harris
John KrasinskiSam Walsh
Alexander FolkRonald White
Esther ScottAunt Ethel
Bobby SlaytonMiami Comic
Jordan WrightTeddy Campbell
Dawnn LewisMelba Early
Jaleel WhiteTalent Booker
JoNell KennedyJoann
Sybyl WalkerCharlene
Lesley Nicole LewisStepp Sister
Eboni NicholsStepp Sister (as Eboni Y. Nichols)
Arike RiceStepp Sister (as Ariké Rice)
Fatima RobinsonStepp Sister
Aakomon JonesLittle Albert (as Aakomon “AJ” Jones)
Bernard FowlerTru-Tone (as Barsheem Bernard Fowler)
Anwar BurtonTru-Tone (as Anwar “Flii Stylz” Burton)
Tyrell WashingtonTru-Tone
Rory O’MalleyDave
Laura Bell BundySweetheart
Anne Elizabeth WarrenSweetheart (as Anne Warren)
Ivar BroggerDavid Bennett
Daren A. HerbertJimmy’s Piano Player
Jocko SimsElvis Kelly
Pam TrotterRhonda
Cleo KingJanice
Eddie MekkaClub Manager
Alejandro FurthCase Worker
Dilva HenryTV Reporter
Vince GrantAmerican Bandstand Producer
Robert CicchiniNicky Cassaro
Thomas CrawfordTV Director
Charles JonesCarl
Robert Curtis BrownTechnical Director
Stephanie OwensTania Williams
Gilbert Glenn BrownMan with Gun
Marty RyanStagehand
Michael VillaniDetroit Reporter
Gregg BergerChicago Deejay
Daniel RiordanL.A. Deejay
David JamesPhotographer
Paul KirbyPromo Film Narrator (voice)
Derick AlexanderSecurity Guard
Yvette Nicole BrownCurtis’ Secretary
Nancy AndersonGo-Go Dancer (as Nanci E. Anderson)
Joelle CosentinoGo-Go Dancer
Lisa EatonGo-Go Dancer
Clare KutskoGo-Go Dancer
Tracy PhillipsGo-Go Dancer (as Tracy Phillips)
Kelleia SheerinGo-Go Dancer
Mykel BrooksCampbell Connection Dancer
Johnny ErasmeCampbell Connection Dancer
Cory GravesCampbell Connection Dancer
J.R. TaylorCampbell Connection Dancer
Corinthea HendersonBad Side Dancer (as Cornithea ‘Mario’ Henderson)
Craig HollamonBad Side Dancer
Reginald JacksonBad Side Dancer
Chuck MaldonadoBad Side Dancer
Anthony Rue IIBad Side Dancer
John SilverBad Side Dancer
Larry SimsBad Side Dancer
Black ThomasBad Side Dancer
Kevin WilsonBad Side Dancer
Adrian WiltshireBad Side Dancer
Earl WrightBad Side Dancer (as Earl ‘Punch’ Wright)
Russell ‘Goofy’ WrightBad Side Dancer
Dominic ChaiduangDisco Dancer
Jose CuevaDisco Dancer
Omhmar GriffinDisco Dancer
Sky HoffmannDisco Dancer
Trevor Lopez-DaggettDisco Dancer
Leo MoctezumaDisco Dancer (as Cecilio Moctezuma)
Gabriel PaigeDisco Dancer
Terrance SpencerDisco Dancer
Tony TestaDisco Dancer
Quinton WeathersDisco Dancer
Jull WeberDisco Dancer
Marcel WilsonDisco Dancer
Stevie Ray AnthonyJimmy’s Band
Matthew DickensJimmy’s Band
Jerohn GarnettJimmy’s Band
Mario MosleyJimmy’s Band
Jimmy R.O. SmithJimmy’s Band
Michael ClineReporter #2 (scenes deleted)
Robert AmicoItalian Card Player (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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