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Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory

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Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#1
Posted: 12/25/09 at 11:37am
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Just saw Dreamgirls Wed nite in Baltimore
Chester Gregory was fantastic
His voice was GREAT, he really excelled in the performance as an actor
He put his own spin on the role and made it his own.
I saw the original broadway show :) and thought he was better
He is the one to watch
Has anyone else seen the show, thoughts, comments, etc.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#2
Posted: 12/25/09 at 12:29pm
When I saw it the Apollo he was my favorite part too. I'm actually considering seeing it again when I'm in Boston if he's still with the show then.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#2
Posted: 12/25/09 at 1:03pm
When I saw it at the apollo he, along with the rest of the cast(with the exception of Adrienne Warren), was entirely 1 dimensional.
...everyone was doing the mambo and drinking golden cadillacs...
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#3
Posted: 7/27/10 at 12:43pm
He and Adrienne stood out. Chester owned the stage when he was on and got the audience excited! He brought out the fun of the show. I enjoyed every second he was on stage.
While I'm on the topic of the tour... "Steppin to the Bad Side" was one of the best choreographed and staged musical numbers I've seen on stage.
Broadway Shows I've Seen: Hairspray, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors (2003), The Wedding Singer, Spamalot, Riverdance, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Spring Awakening, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity (revival), Drowsy Chaperone, The Lion King, Dreamgirls(2010 Tour).
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#4
Posted: 7/27/10 at 12:44pm
Chester and Adrienne were the definite standouts when I saw the tour in Philadelphia. I saw Patrice Covington as Effie (cause it was a matinee) and she was great, too.
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#5
Posted: 7/27/10 at 12:49pm
Yeah, he was great- a career making performance.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#6
Posted: 7/27/10 at 1:17pm
the show stops in Philly for a "pit stop" and
the understudy goes on.....and it got horrible
reviews...I have seen this show from its preview in
Boston in NYC and even at the Prince theater here in philly (great production) ...what the hell was up with the men in those awful awful looking fake wigs...bad bad bad
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#7
Posted: 7/28/10 at 1:50pm
When it was in Kansas City... the performances where all great. I was expecting more out of Effie, but she stayed in a comfort zone or something. I do know that after they ended their run this past Sunday here they are on a two week break, due to the cancelation in DC. So I'm sure they went all out for that Sunday performance I went to. The Kansas City Star (newspaper) gave it a rave review, giving special notice to Chester.

Wigs and costumes... I was mixed about. But it didn't take away from the show for me, They worked it and I was really into the performance.
Broadway Shows I've Seen: Hairspray, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors (2003), The Wedding Singer, Spamalot, Riverdance, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Spring Awakening, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity (revival), Drowsy Chaperone, The Lion King, Dreamgirls(2010 Tour).
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#8
Posted: 7/29/10 at 9:12pm
Chester Gregory's James 'Thunder' Early is the best thing about this production, IMO. Moya Angela's Effie was as angry, ugly and loud as a freight train.

The production at the Prince which extended due to popularity was 100% better. Nova Payton's Effie was outstanding enough to land her a spot at that year's Barrymore Awards.

The current tour lacks character and heart...just a lot of flash and fluff and yes some of the costumes are hideous.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#9
Posted: 7/29/10 at 10:35pm
I completely agree that he was one of the best members of the cast. He was fantastic.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#10
Posted: 7/29/10 at 10:41pm
I'm wary of and tend to be more critical when there are craploads of hype but Gregory fulfilled every high expectation and then some. He was simply believable as his character. He didn't come off as a show-off or as trying too hard. He became this man and his acting was natural throughout. His voice was impressive but that's not what made him great; it was the whole package.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Adrienne Warren was a stand-out. Like Gregory, she became her character and totally sucked you into the story whenever she was onstage.

I have mixed feelings about some of the costumes, too. With the exception of some of the ones worn during the early dressing room scenes, almost all of them are slightly modernized versions of the originals. It's actually the one thing that has changed the least from the original designs, which I thought were kind of ugly, as well. But I don't think the designer was going for eye-candy. His designs are very true to typical stuff worn in that era and not all of it is flattering by today's standards just like stuff we wear today will look ridiculous 25 years from now.
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re: Dreamgirls tour - Chester Gregory#11
Posted: 7/29/10 at 11:14pm
"Moya Angela's Effie was as angry, ugly and loud as a freight train."

Isn't that kind of Effie's character?