If youre among those who cited having a religious experience while watching Jennifer Hudson belt out And I Tell You Im Not Going in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, then hold onto your rosary. Another Effie, now played by Moya Angela, will shake, tremble, and sing her way through that heartbreak anthem in the touring musical by the same name. Although this time, Effies live, soulful vibrations will ripple through the audience at the Kravis Center instead of being trapped behind the movie screen.
The musical, like the film, follows a Motown girl group, the Dreams, as they struggle for fame, civil rights, and diva drama. The production started off at Harlems Apollo Theater and is touring the nation with the hope of eventually landing on Broadway. The prospect looks good considering the reviews that report standing ovations, Robert Longbottoms artful direction and choreography, and a high-tech set in which LED panels flicker an ever-changing backdrop of cities. Dreamgirls premieres in West Palm Beach this Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) and runs through November 2. Tickets start at $25. Call 561-832-7469, or visit kravis.org.
Tue., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 23. Continues through Nov. 27, 2010