Dream Girls SA

 

Dreamgirls is a Broadwaymusical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom
Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The
Supremes,The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the
story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams”, who become
music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and
was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six.
It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006.

South African Tour

 

Dreamgirls premiered in South Africa at The
Teatro at Montecasino on 11 March 2011.

Utilising the 2009 US National Tour creative team
as well as that production’s sets and costumes,
the South African production featured an all
local (South African) cast including Tracey Lee
Oliver as Deena Jones, Candida Mosoma as
Lorrell Robinson, Hayley Christian as Michelle
Morris, Lindiwe Bungane as Effie White (at
certain performances Caroline Borole performed
as Effie White), Aubrey Poo as Curtis Taylor, Jr,
Bjorn Blignaut as James “Thunder” Early, Lebo
Toko as C.C. White, Shane ‘Duke’ Wellington as
Marty Madison.

The South African creative team was headed
by Bryan Schimmel as Musical Supervisor with
Tshepo Mngoma as Production Musical Director.
Trudy Fredericks was Resident Choreographer
and Dance Captain with Philip Godawa rounding
off the local team as Resident Director. Though
receiving critical acclaim and quickly becoming
a landmark milestone in the development of
Musical Theatre in South Africa.

Dreamgirls became the greatest platform for
black female Triple Threats( Singer, actor and
dancer) in South Africa, Through this Musical,
South Africa Got to see that Its talent is on the
Same level as Broadway and some may even
say better then Broadway.

 

There have not been many Black Musicals in
South Africa and when Dreamgirls was brought
out, it meant the world to many Black Female
Performers, as it created opportunity and a
platform to show What Talent South Africa
has…” Black Female Musical Theatre Stars of
South Africa”

Dreamgirls South Africa was proudly Produced
By Hazel Feldman whom is loved Dearly by
Many. She too is The God Fairy mother of
Proudly South African Musical Theatre.

The Mbokodo Awards are truly Honoured to
have Such Amazing Talent Showcased and are
proud to Share Dreamgirls With South Africa
Reminding All, That Local Talent is as Good as
International Stars and the Beauty of that is,
They are right here on our Stages, Mbokodo
Salutes.

 

"There have not been many Black Musicals in South Africa and when Dreamgirls was brought out, it meant the world to many Black Female Performers, as it created opportunity and a platform to show What Talent South Africa has…"