Each Thursday, #ThrowbackThursday brings you another memorable moment from Broadway’s past!
This week, we rewind the clock to December of 1981.
The original production of Dreamgirls opened at the Imperial Theatre on December 20th, 1981.
The show ran for 1,521 performances before closing on August 11th, 1985.
The show starred Jennifer Holliday as Effie White, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Deena Jones and Loretta Devine as Lorrell Robinson. The ensemble featured Phylicia Rashad in her third Broadway show.
The show was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards at the 1982 Tony Awards, winning 6, although the show lost Best Musical to Nine.
Below, check out Jennifer Holliday singing “And I’m Telling You” at the 1982 Tony Awards!
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