Twenty-five years after first bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical sensation Dreamgirls comes to the big screen starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx (Ray), Beyoncé Knowles (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), newcomer Jennifer Hudson, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Broadway's Caroline or Change) and Eddie Murphy (The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle).
Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early '70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women—Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James Thunder Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.
Rounding out the main cast are Keith Robinson (Fat Albert), Sharon Leal (TV's Boston Public), and three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle (Miss Saigon, The Tap Dance Kid, The Wiz).
Dreamgirls is being directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay he adapted from the stage musical's original book by Tom Eyen. An Academy Award winner for his screenplay for Gods and Monsters, which he also directed, Condon received another Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Chicago. He more recently wrote and directed Kinsey.
Academy Award-nominated producer Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, I, Robot) is producing Dreamgirls, with Patricia Whitcher (Memoirs of a Geisha, The Terminal) executive producing. The lyrics are by Tom Eyen, with music by Henry Krieger.
A co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, Dreamgirls will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks, with Paramount handling the international release.
The cast includes Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Usher Raymond, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson, John Krasinski, Ken Page, Anika Noni Rose, Jaleel White, Sharon Leal, Ivar Brogger and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Dreamgirls won 2 Oscars at the
2007 Academy Awards