Dreamgirls Joins McCarter's 2023-2024 Season Lineup | Playbill

Regional News Dreamgirls Joins McCarter's 2023-2024 Season Lineup

The New Jersey theatre will co-present the Tony-nominated musical with Goodspeed Musicals.

Jennifer Holliday and the cast of Dreamgirls Martha Swope/NYPL

The 1982 Tony-nominated musical Dreamgirls has replaced the previously announced Caroline, or Change in McCarter Theatre Center's 2023-2024 season.

Directed by Jeff Award winner Lili-Anne Brown, the production will run March 6-24, 2024, in the Matthews Theatre. A co-production with Goodspeed Musicals, the musical will arrive in New Jersey following a November 10-December 30 engagement at Connecticut's Goodspeed.

Dreamgirls is a joyous, inspirational, dramatic celebration of music that audiences will absolutely love,” says McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen. “And with Lili-Anne Brown directing? You may well come back twice.” 

“I’m thrilled about this addition to our season, and to partner with Goodspeed, one of the nation’s top producers of exceptional musicals and the first theatre in America to earn two special Tony Awards,” adds McCarter Executive Director Martin Miller. “It’s a perfect night out this spring, and will electrify audiences with high-octane performances and a fresh take on the music and story we all know and love.”

Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards in its 1982 Broadway premiere. The late Michael Bennett took home the award for Best Choreography alongside collaborator Michael Peters. Jennifer Holliday memorably created the role of Effie to Tony-winning effect, stopping the show nightly with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." The 2006 film, adapted and directed by Bill Condon, earned Jennifer Hudson the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for her portrayal of Effie.

For ticket information, visit McCarter.org.

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