Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'DreamGirls' opens at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

"And I am telling you, you're gonna love me," and you’re going to love the hit show “DreamGirls” that will be appearing on stage at the Alhambra Theater and Dining from April 12 — May 21.  It’s not just about singing, dancing and the performing, DreamGirls takes the audience on a behind-the-scenes rags-to-riches journey in entertainment industry - the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon.  DreamGirls marks the musical contribution to America that we are beginning to understand today.

Following the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams," who become music superstars, DreamGirls is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound.  Act One is set in the fabulous sixties, a time when people were still screaming at Elvis and listening to The Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles.  Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco, another new turn in American pop music.

DreamGirls opened on December 20, 1981, at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, and was then 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.  "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was a number one single on the Billboard R&B charts in 1982. For the Dreamgirls original cast recording won two Grammy ® Awards, including Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance.  The 2006 film won two Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Jennifer Hudson.

While the show has been likened to the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes, writer Tom Eyen denied that he had The Supremes in mind when he wrote the book. He is quoted as saying in 1986, “I didn't grow up with The Supremes...I grew up with the Shirelles. Dreamgirls isn't about any one group. It's a cavalcade of Motown singers: The Shirelles, the Chiffons, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder. All these characters are larger than life.”

Alhambra Executive Chef, DeJuan Roy prepares a new menu for each Alhambra production and DreamGirls is no exception.  To see the menu, Click HERE.
DATES: April 12 — May 21, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday April 14, 2017) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
   **Price does NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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