Photo Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music Theatre
Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!
Full of on-stage joy and backstage drama, DREAMGIRLS is the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-female singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road to fame and fortune, and features unforgettable hits including, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "Listen." With a story that lives through the journey of popular music in America, and presented in Porchlight's signature intimate and up-close style, this Tony Award and Academy Award-winning musical will receive an intense and illuminating interpretation by Chicago's leading talents.
Making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut, Donica Lynn stars as "Effie Melody White" with Candace C. Edwards, recently seen in Porchlight's critically acclaimed Far From Heaven, as "Deena Jones," Katherine Thomas, making her Porchlight debut as "Lorrell Robinson" and Evan Tyrone Martin, recently in Porchlight's Chicago premieres of Far From Heaven and Side Show, as "Curtis Taylor Jr."
The full cast of DREAMGIRLS includes Caleb Baze (Cadillac Boy/Stage Manager), Michelle Bester (Ensemble), Dawn Bless (Ensemble), Kyrie Courter (Ensemble), Gilbert Domally (C.C. White),Jared Grant (Ensemble), Matthew Hunter (Ensemble), Reneisha Jenkins (Ensemble), J.Michael Jones (Marty), Eric Lewis (Jimmy Early), Andrew Malone (Ensemble), Brian Nelson Jr. (Ensemble), Trequon Tate (Ensemble) and Cherise Thomas (Ensemble).
The DREAMGIRLS production team includes: Porchlight Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik(assistant director); Chris Carter (associate choreographer); Porchlight Artistic Associate Bill Morey (costume designer); Porchlight Artistic Associate Jeff Kmiec (co-scenic designer); Greg Pinsoneault (co-scenic designer); Denise Karczewski (lighting designer); Kevin Barthel (wig designer); Mealah Heidenreich (properties designer); Robert Hornbostel (sound designer), Sara Gammage (stage manager) and Porchlight Artistic Associate Aaron Shapiro (production manager).
Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773.327.5252.
The cast of DREAMGIRLS
Assistant Choreographer Chris Carter, Porchlight Artistic Associate, Porchlight Board Member and Director/Choreographer Brenda Didier, Porchlight Artistic Associate and Music Director Doug Peck, Porchlight Artistic Associate and Assistant Director Christopher Pazdernik
Porchlight Artistic Associate, Porchlight Board Member and Director/Choreographer Brenda Didier, Katherine Thomas (Lorrell Robinson ), Donica Lynn (Effie Melody White),Porchlight Artistic Associate and Music Director Doug Peck, Candace Edwards (Deena Jones), Kyrie Courter (Michelle Morris)