The Supremes are one of the greatest girl groups of all time. Their songs are timeless. But behind the curtain, life was not so simple.
The Broadway musical, Dreamgirls is the fictional story of three young women who become the biggest music stars in the world and the behind the scenes drama that drives them apart. Premiering in 1981, the show became an instant classic. In 2006, Dreamgirls was made into a film starring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson.
Deena Jones (Beyonce), Effie White (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) are three young women who are eager to turn their amateur success as a 1960’s girl group into professional success. Their ticket to success is Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx). But personal drama and internal strife may tear the girls apart as they see their dreams become reality.
The external image of Hollywood is the glamour and the fame. What I like about Dreamgirls is that it reveals not only the hard work that is required to be successful in Hollywood, but is also reveals the hypocrisy that permeates the entertainment industry. Keeping true to the original Broadway production, the cast is made almost entirely of African-American performers.
I recommend it.