Chamber Version of DREAMGIRLS Returns to Harlem Repertory Theatre, 1/18-2/3

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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 performing 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.

Although the HRT is staging this more realistic approach to DREAMGIRLS, Mr. Grant and his company will not lose sight of the show's more glamorous aspects and crowd-pleasing theatrical elements: beautiful gowns, outstanding vocals and the energetic, astounding performances which are the hallmark of the HRT.

Featuring: Dion Millington (Effie), Natalia Peguero (Deena), Tatiana Adam, (Lorrell), Eric Myles (Jimmy), Oscar Aguirre (Curtis), Roberto Guzman (C.C.), Kyria Geneva (Michelle), Magnus Percinthe (Marty)

Keith Lee Grant (Director/Choreographer) is the founder and Artistic Director of the Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) and Full Professor in the Theatre Department at CCNY. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, an M.A. from Penn State and a Certificate from the American Conservatory Theater's Advanced Training Program. He has directed and/or choreographed over ninety professional and university productions and has performed in Broadway/National productions of "Marie Christine," "Showboat" and "Ragtime." Mr. Grant's Off-Broadway/Regional credits are, Playwrights Horizons, the York Theater, the Jewish Repertory Theater, New Federal Theatre, The New York Theater Workshop the Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Indiana Repertory Theatre. His 2009 HRT production of "The Wiz" won two AUDELCO awards, (Best Director of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical).

The production runs January 18 to February 3 at The 133rd Street Arts Center, 308 W. 133rd Street, New York, NY. Directions by Train: Take the B or C train to 135th Street. Walk down to 133rd Street and turn left. Walk to 308 W 133rd. Directions by Bus: Take the M3 Bus to 134th St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk one block downtown to 133rd St. Nicholas Avenue. Turn left and walk to 308 W 133rd.

The show runs Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm &7pm and Sundays at 3pm (3 weekends only). Tickets: General Seating $20 and $15; Premium Tickets $40. Box Office: SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444 or online HERE. Runs 2:00hrs w/ 10min intermission.

For more information about the show, visit www.harlemrepertorytheatre.com, email info@harlemrepertorytheatre.com or find the theatre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HarlemRep.

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