Garnering great reviews (“it boasts a strong visual style and some outstanding vocal performances”
Broadway By the Bay has also selected the Fox Theatre in Redwood City for its future performances.
Based upon the aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, the musical DREAMGIRLS follows a young trio of Motown singers from Chicago, Illinois as they catch their big break and start singing for James “Thunder” Early. Things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor Jr., makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as “The Dreams.”
DREAMGIRLS opened at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981 and won six Tony Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Leading Actress. It was later adapted into a major motion picture in 2006.
“It is my absolute pleasure to bring this show to the BBBay stage and to the larger Bay Area community” says Director, Angela Farr Schiller. “Dreamgirls has not been produced locally by a Bay Area theatre company in more than a decade, which makes this particular theatrical event even more special to be apart of…Dreamgirls is a universal show told through the specific experiences of the African American community deep in the midst of the American Civil Rights Movement. A time period in the early 60s to late 70s, where, as an African American, to be considered a fully human being was indeed only a dream and to believe in oneself as both black and with value was radical. Dreamgirls reflects not only the change happening within black America but in the U.S. as a whole during this period. It is a coming of age tale both for the Dreams and the country. Ultimately, Dreamgirls is about the magic that the theatre has for transformation and possibility across social and political boundaries if we only believe.”
Angela received her B.A. in theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her final year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has also studied at the University of Ghana at Legon, Accra and the University degli Studi di Siena, Italy. As a performer, she has appeared onstage with the National Dance Company of Ghana, the Tony Award winning Old Globe Theatre and the La Jolla Playhouse. Angela received her Master’s Degree in Africana Studies from New York University. She co-wrote and directed an original work, The Knot, which premiered at Stanford in 2011. Angela has also performed and toured with Stanford Summer Theatre’s production of The Wanderings of Odysseus in Athens, Greece. Recently, she directed an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for Stanford’s 2013-2014 main stage season.
DREAMGIRLS Performance Schedule:
Friday, August 15 at 8PM
Saturday, August 23 at 8PM*
Saturday, August 16 at 8PM
Sunday, August 24 at 2PM
Sunday, August 17 at 2PM* **
Saturday, August 30 at 8PM
Saturday, August 23 at 2PM Sunday, August 31 at 2PM
*Join us 45 minutes before curtain for the performances on Sunday, August 17th and Saturday, August 23rd for a special Question and Answer Session with Artistic Director, Amanda Folena.
**On Sunday, August 17th, stay after the show for a Talk Back Session with Director Angela Farr Schiller, the cast, and creative team.
DREAMGIRLS features Miranda Lawson (Effie), Janelle LaSalle (Deena), Majesty Scott (Lorell), Anthone Jackson (Curtis), Dedrick Weathersby (James “Thunder” Early) and AeJay Mitchell (C.C.).
The creative team includes Angela Farr Schiller (Director), Robyn Tribuzi (Choreographer)
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office located at 2219 Broadway Street in downtown Redwood City, Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-6PM. The Box Office is open 90 minutes prior to the start of each show, and remains open for 30 minutes following the start of the show. Tickets range from $35 to $55 may be purchased by phone at 650-579-5565 or broadwaybythebay.org.
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