Dreamgirls – The Movie
There's a really nice site for the movie (including downloads and iPod DLs) Here
Jennifer Hudson singing And I'm Telling You will blow you away as few other singers ever have! (I'll see if I can post her rendition of the song soon.)
Opening this coming Christmas day (12/25) wide, it should be as big as Chicago when it opened! It stars Jamie Foxx, BeyoncÃ© Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Jennifer Hudson. Here's a summary, if you aren't familiar with this Broadway mega-hit:
Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson – three friends from the Detroit projects – are a promising singing trio called The Dreamettes. Accompanied by their songwriter C.C. White (Effie's brother), they compete in a talent show at the Detroit Theater. Although the girls lose this first bid for fame, their talent attracts an ambitious manager by the name of Curtis Taylor, Jr., who uses unscrupulous tactics to move the girls from backup singers of "chitlin' circuit" star James "Thunder" Early to superstars of their own. Curtis starts a record label, "Rainbow Records: The Sound of Tomorrow", and reshapes Jimmy Early and the Dreamettes to "crossover" from R&B to the lucrative pop music scene. Curtis replaces the Dreamettes' lead singer, Effie, with the more attractive Deena, and soon also shifts his romantic interests from Effie to Deena as well. group evolves into a more sophisticated group, The Dreams, with a lighter sound and chic look. They successfully attract a "whiter" audience and The Dreams rise to international stardom. As the years carry on, however, the ladies find that the money, fame, and adulation don't bring them happiness. A depressed and unpredictable Effie is eventually dropped from the trio, and ends up a single mother on welfare struggling to make it in the music industry. Deena's life is controlled almost entirely by Curtis (now her husband), and she longs for freedom. Lorrell is trapped in a dead-end affair with Jimmy Early, whom she wants to leave his wife for her. The film's score includes the songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "I Am Changing", "One Night Only", "Fake Your Way to the Top", "When I First Saw You", "Dreamgirls", "Steppin' to the Bad Side", and "Cadillac Car".
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles and Anika Noni Rose in "Dreamgirls."
Currently Listening: Dreamgirls – And I'm Telling You