Dreams live forever. Dreamgirls chronicles the story of three talented young black ladies, Deena, Lorrell, and Effie, and their rise into superstardom. Through beautiful music that ranges from R&B, gospel, soul, and more, this timely musical explores fame, hope, ambition, glamour, and betrayal as our three leading ladies become the superstar group, The Dreams, fighting for success in a competitive music industry plagued by racism, sexism, and greed.


Produced by Nia Talley, Lacey Hines, and Allison Scharmann and co-directed by Joy Nesbitt and Emily Orr, Dreamgirls tells the story of Black struggle and triumph in a 1960s/70s American music scene.


This production was set to open in March of 2020 in the Oberon at the American Repertory Theater. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the show was cancelled days after the sitzprobe. 

Music by Henry Krieger | Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen


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Director (Music) – Joy Nesbitt

Director (Scenic) – Emily Orr

Choreographer – Leah Smart

Stage Manager – Fari Mbaye

Directing Assistant – Brianna Turner

Directing Assistant – Fatoumata Ouedrago

Music Assistant – Stacy Jo

Music Assistant – Chibiuke Uwakwe

Costume Designer – Hannah Ezer

Financial Producer – Kendall Laws

Financial Producer – Lacey Hines

Publicity Producer – Annie Harrigan

Publicity Producer – Allison Scharmann

Technical Producer – Nia Talley

Stage Manager – Fari Mbaye

Tech Director – James Caven

Sound Design – Yaodong Yu


Effie White – Samyra Miller

Deena Jones – Janiah Lockett

Lorell Robinson – Ashley Cooper

Curtis Taylor, Jr. –Frederick-Tyler MacBruce

James “Thunder” Early – Cahleb Derry

C.C. White – William Lohier

Marty Madison – Ezechukwu Nduka

Michelle Morris – Uzo Ngwu

Ensemble – Jack Schwencke, Nico Carrero,

Mubeen Momodu, Skylar-Bree Takyi, Hannah

Lemmons, Peyton Dunham, Bobby Malley