Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. are presenting the premiere engagement of Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the groundbreaking musical. Dreamgirls introduces Moya Angela as Effie White and features, as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, and Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris with Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory is James "Thunder" Early ,Trevon Davis as C.C. WhiteMilton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison in a cast of 26 that also features Tallia BrinsonFelicia Boswell, Patrice Covington, Ronald Duncan, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James HarknessRobert Hartwell, Eric JacksonChauncey Jenkins, Jared Joseph, Nikki Kimbrough, Brittany Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kimberly Marable, Jarran Muse, Amaker Smith and Marc Spaulding.

The national tour of Dreamgirls premieres at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street), previews began Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opened Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 5 weeks only, through December, 12, 2009. Dreamgirls will be a highlight of the Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2009. The national tour has announced a series of cities and dates where the musical will visit, the current listing can be found by clicking here.

Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with co-choreography by Shane Sparks, scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, media design by Howard Werner for Lightswitch and is produced by John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions. Following the Apollo Theater engagement, the national tour of Dreamgirls will play Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Costa Mesa, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and more.

Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches story of an up-and-coming 1960's girl group from Chicago, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. The original Broadway production of Dreamgirls opened December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre and won six 1982 Tony Awards. Dreamgirls closed on Broadway August 11, 1985, after 1,522 performances. Dreamgirls features music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy-Award winner Tom Eyen. The original Broadway production was directed byMichael Bennett and choreographed by Bennett and Michael Peters. Dreamgirls was adapted into a motion picture by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and opened in December 2006.

For further information, visit www.apollotheater.org. For more information, please visitwww.dreamgirlsonstage.com.

 

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Syesha Mercado

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Syesha Mercado

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Adrienne Warren

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Adrienne Warren

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Moya Angela

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Moya Angela

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Margaret Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Chester Gregory

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Chester Gregory

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Chester Gregory and Chaz Lamar Shepherd

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Chaz Lamar Shepherd

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Milton Craig Nealy

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Jared Joseph and James Harkness

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Margaret Hoffman and Patrice Covington

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Robert Longbottom and Henry Krieger

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Felicia Boswell

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party

Adrienne Warren, Moya Angela,Syesha Mercado 

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Margaret Hoffman, Adrienne Warren, Moya Angela and Syesha Mercado

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Brittney Griffin and Eric Jackson

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party

The Dreamgirls Ensemble!

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Trevon Davis

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Stepping to the bad side with the men of DREAMGIRLS!

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Milton Craig Nealy and guest

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Margaret Hoffman, Adrienne Warren, Jonelle Procope,
John Breglio, Moya Angela & Syesha Mercado

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
Adrienne Warren, Moya Angela and Syesha Mercado

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
They're your DREAMGIRLS! Adrienne Warren, Moya Angela and Syesha Mercado

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.