Dreamgirls Production live on Clubhouse – Global Performance

NEW YORK, NY – February 16, 2021 – The hit musical Dreamgirls will be livestreamed in four unique performances on the Clubhouse app on Saturday, February 27 at 1pm and 7 pm (EST) and on Sunday, February 28 at 1pm and 7pm (EST). The weekend will feature unique casts, including Broadway and West End stars reprising their roles among cast members from the Broadway productions of Ain’t Too Proud, Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin and others all performing alongside internet sensations and breakout stars as well as winners and runner ups of some of America’s most popular talent competition shows. 

Introducing Dreamgirls to new audiences, this dazzling virtual production will play exclusively on Clubhouse, a new free app where users engage in any and all topics. The app, initially launched and marketed as an audio version of Slack for techies, has seen a great increase in popularity and scope due tothe innovation and influence of Black creatives on the app. Clubhouse, which is still in beta, can be downloaded to any device running iOS 9.0 or higher. Once downloaded, one can sign up to join the wait list or enter the platform via a text invite from a current user. 

With profound contributions from original Dreamgirls composer, Henry Krieger, the original musical’s Deena, Sheryl Lee Ralph and West End’s Effie White, the Glee star Amber Riley among other industry experts, Dreamgirls on Clubhouse has given Black artists and creatives unprecedented opportunities to hone their craft and propel their careers. The production joins a chorus of next-gen innovators revolutionizing the making and distribution of art with the Dream Directory, Dream Partnerships and other initiatives that speak to the community-driven movement. 

Featuring the classic songs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “One Night Only,” Dreamgirls on Clubhouse tells the iconic story of a trio of Black female soul singers crossing over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s while facing their own personal struggles along the way, reimagined for a virtual world. 

The cast list for each performance is as follows: 

Broadway’s Finest: Saturday, February 27 at 1pm (EST) 

Marisha Wallace (Effie), Raena White (Deena), Kayla Davion (Lorrell), Samantha Lawrence (Michelle), Jelani Remy (Curtis), Gerald Caesar (C.C.), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Jimmy), Jamir Brown (Dave), Dawn Tallman (Jazz Singer), Norman Lee Wadell (Announcer), Donte Ashon Green (Marty), Dr. James Mable, Jr. (Tiny Jo Dickson), LaToya Ransom (Narrator #1), Karen E. Simmons (Narrator #2), Desiree Dabney (Narrator #3), Shannon Devaughn (Ensemble), Chari Lakey (Ensemble), Kay Jeff (Ensemble), Sheherazade Holman (Ensemble), Brendan Musik (Ensemble) and Bay Turner (Ensemble). 

Breakout Stars: Saturday, February 27 at 7pm (EST) 

Tickwanya Jones (Effie), Angel White (Deena), Liyah Orielle (Lorrell), Shannon Devaughn (Michelle), Lawrence Flowers (Curtis), Bijan Slack (C.C.), DeMille Cole-Heard (Jimmy), Bay Turner (Dave), Dawn Tallman (Jazz Singer), Kesha Monk (Announcer), Donte Ashon Green (Marty), Dr. James Mable, Jr. (Tiny Jo Dickson), Desiree Dabney (Narrator #1), LaToya Ransom (Narrator #2), Carmen Coilee (Narrator #3), Chari Lakey (Ensemble), Kay Jeff (Ensemble), Sheherazade Holman (Ensemble) and Brendan Musik (Ensemble). 

America’s Favorites: Sunday, February 28 at 1pm (EST) 

Cristina Raé (Effie), Raena White (Deena), Kalilah Black (Lorrell), Mary Patton (Michelle), Jeronelle (Curtis), Michael Adkins (C.C.), Reggie Chapman (Jimmy), Jamir Brown (Dave), Kim Cruise (Jazz Singer), Norman Lee Wadell (Announcer), Donte Ashon Green (Marty), Dr. James Mable, Jr. (Tiny Jo Dickson), Latoya Ransom (Narrator #1), Karen E. Simmons (Narrator #2), Desiree Dabney (Narrator #3), Chari Lakey (Ensemble), Shannon Devaughn (Ensemble), Kay Jeff (Ensemble), Sheherazade Holman (Ensemble), Brendan Musik (Ensemble) and Bay Turner (Ensemble). 

Secret Celebs: Sunday, February 28 at 7pm (EST) 

Surprise Celebrity Guest (Effie), Liisi Lafountaine (Deena), Kayla Davion (Lorrell), Surprise Celebrity Guest (Michelle), Jeronelle (Curtis), Erick Patrick (C.C.), DeMille Cole-Heard (Jimmy), Bay Turner (Dave), Kim Cruise (Jazz Singer), Kesha Monk (Announcer), Donte Ashon Green (Marty), Dr. James Mable, Jr. (Tiny Jo Dickson), Desiree Dabney (Narrator #1), Carmen Collie (Narrator #2), Latoya Ransom (Narrator #3), Chari Lakey (Ensemble), Shannon Devaughn (Ensemble), Kay Jeff (Ensemble), Jamir Brown (Ensemble) and Brendan Musik (Ensemble). 

This new virtual production of Dreamgirls is produced and directed by Sydney Connors and Brandon Patterson, with the original audio play by Brandon Patterson, artistic direction and casting by Leroy Church, music direction by Elle Morris and Edward McCrae and graphics and set design by Ryann Kelly. 

For more information visit, @dreamgirlsch on Twitter and Instagram 

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