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The Carnegie Opens this Year's Theatre Season with DREAMGIRLS

The Carnegie's 2018-19 theatrical season begins with Dreamgirls, the Motown-inspired musical inspired by the real lives of The Supremes, James Brown, and others.

The show opens Saturday, August 11, and runs weekends through August 26.

The story: Starting out as a trio of singers and friends, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell are determined to make it big in the vibrant music landscape of the 1960s. But as the band’s success grows, their relationships deteriorate. Featuring songs such as "Dreamgirls", "And I’m Telling You", and "One Night Only", the musical was adapted into the 2006 motion picture starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Anika Noni Rose.

Dreamgirls takes you behind the scenes of the music business during the Motown era. The rise of the Dreams is incredibly compelling, while also showing the isolation and struggle that comes with fame,” said Maggie Perrino, Carnegie Theatre Director. “And I couldn’t be more pleased to have Torie Wiggins, a local onstage favorite, taking on the direction of this backstage drama. Her brilliant sense of storytelling will make this show really pop and connect with audiences.”

Dreamgirls will feature musical direction by Mike Flohr and choreography by Darnell Pierre Benjamin. The cast will be led by Sharisse Vernelle Santos as Deena Jones, Tia Seay as Effie White, and Lormarev Jones as Lorrell Robinson.

Dreamgirls. Weekends, August 11-26, 2018, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($27 for Carnegie members and ArtsPass members), $23 for students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday-Friday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940, or online at Patrons seeking group or student tickets should call to make arrangements.

-Staff report

-Photo credit: Mikki Schaffner

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