Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

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. White, Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison in a cast of 26 that also features Tallia Brinson, Felicia Boswell, Patrice Covington, Ronald Duncan, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James Harkness, Robert Hartwell, Eric Jackson, Chauncey 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 visit www.dreamgirlsonstage.com.

 

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Richard Parsons and Jonelle Procope

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Jonelle Procope, CEO of the Apollo talks to the press

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Original Dreamgirls - Sheryl Lee Ralph

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Sheryl Lee Ralph and guest

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Sheryl Lee Ralph 

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks to the press

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Designer Carolina Herrera

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
William Ivey Long and Carolina Herrera

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
William Ivey Long and Carolina Herrera talk to Fox 5

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson talking to cameras

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Antony Daniels and wife Agnes Daniels

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Henry Krieger and Bobby Joy

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Henry Krieger and Bobby Joy

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Harry Belafonte and his wife Pamela Belafonte

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Mario Lopez

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Mario Lopez and Courney Laine Mazza

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
Mario Lopez and Courtney Laine Mazza

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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.


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