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January 12, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
Jennifer Holliday is a Big Effect singer in the theatrical mold of Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and, even, Barbra Streisand. She's got a voice that can knock down walls. The problem is you don't always need a wrecking crew to get the job done. At the Wiltern Theatre on Friday night, Holliday mercifully used subtlety and understatement where other singers would have gone for the full-throttle effect.
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February 28, 2010 | By Susan King
Michael Bennett's "Dreamgirls" is one of the seminal Broadway musicals. Those who saw the original production, which opened in 1981, have strong memories of this kinetic, fast-paced show loosely based on the lives and successes of such R&B stars as the Supremes, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Shirelles. "Dreamgirls," featuring the music of Tom Eyen and book and lyrics by Henry Krieger, was generally met with raves. The New York Times' Frank Rich declared "Dreamgirls" history making.
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November 12, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
On the coattails of its high-flying new musical "Mail," and for the first time since it was sold at auction 17 years ago, the Pasadena Playhouse will sail into a new season that sounds promising enough to honor the institution it once was.
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February 26, 2007 | Greg Braxton
SINCE the first industry screening of "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson seemed a sure thing in terms of being in the running for an Oscar. The former "American Idol" also-ran became the real thing Sunday in nabbing the Academy Award for best supporting actress. In her role as the rejected, overweight singer Effie White, Hudson, in her screen debut, overshadowed her more experienced costars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyonce Knowles, who had made no secret of her desire to win an Oscar.
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December 12, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY stood on a small stage, pouring out a song of hope and battling the odds. Her gut-wrenching voice tore from her throat with volcanic force, and her expression, all closed eyes and open mouth, was of a performer possessed, exorcising the anguish deep inside her.
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February 16, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
At 21, Jennifer Holliday brought Broadway audiences to their feet when she sang as the tortured Effie White in the musical "Dreamgirls," for which she won a Tony Award. But after every eight-times-a-week performance, the young actress went home to an empty apartment. She had no boyfriend and no room for a social life amid her fame. Food was her friend, and weight became her enemy.
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February 28, 2010 | By Susan King
Michael Bennett's "Dreamgirls" is one of the seminal Broadway musicals. Those who saw the original production, which opened in 1981, have strong memories of this kinetic, fast-paced show loosely based on the lives and successes of such R&B stars as the Supremes, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Shirelles. "Dreamgirls," featuring the music of Tom Eyen and book and lyrics by Henry Krieger, was generally met with raves. The New York Times' Frank Rich declared "Dreamgirls" history making.
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February 26, 2007 | Greg Braxton
SINCE the first industry screening of "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson seemed a sure thing in terms of being in the running for an Oscar. The former "American Idol" also-ran became the real thing Sunday in nabbing the Academy Award for best supporting actress. In her role as the rejected, overweight singer Effie White, Hudson, in her screen debut, overshadowed her more experienced costars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyonce Knowles, who had made no secret of her desire to win an Oscar.
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May 7, 1988 | RAY LOYND
Cheryl Barnes is a singer with a crystal bite of a voice who can take the rousing "Dreamgirls" role identified with Jennifer Holliday and make you forget Holliday. Starring in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera's current production of the Motown-era musical, Barnes is a mystery woman to all but a few cognoscenti.
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February 14, 2007
Red carpet show: Jennifer Holliday, who played Effie in the original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls," will perform the show's big number, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," during E! Entertainment Television's "Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2007 Academy Awards," airing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
At 21, Jennifer Holliday brought Broadway audiences to their feet when she sang as the tortured Effie White in the musical "Dreamgirls," for which she won a Tony Award. But after every eight-times-a-week performance, the young actress went home to an empty apartment. She had no boyfriend and no room for a social life amid her fame. Food was her friend, and weight became her enemy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY stood on a small stage, pouring out a song of hope and battling the odds. Her gut-wrenching voice tore from her throat with volcanic force, and her expression, all closed eyes and open mouth, was of a performer possessed, exorcising the anguish deep inside her.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1988 | RAY LOYND
Cheryl Barnes is a singer with a crystal bite of a voice who can take the rousing "Dreamgirls" role identified with Jennifer Holliday and make you forget Holliday. Starring in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera's current production of the Motown-era musical, Barnes is a mystery woman to all but a few cognoscenti.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
On the coattails of its high-flying new musical "Mail," and for the first time since it was sold at auction 17 years ago, the Pasadena Playhouse will sail into a new season that sounds promising enough to honor the institution it once was.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
Jennifer Holliday is a Big Effect singer in the theatrical mold of Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and, even, Barbra Streisand. She's got a voice that can knock down walls. The problem is you don't always need a wrecking crew to get the job done. At the Wiltern Theatre on Friday night, Holliday mercifully used subtlety and understatement where other singers would have gone for the full-throttle effect.
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March 13, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Remembering George: George Burns' final recording--a 1995 rendition of "Easy Money," a song including lyrics about some of the comedian's favorite topics including vaudeville, sex and money--will be released May 21 on RCA Victor. The song is part of "The Life," an album of songs from Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's upcoming Broadway musical of the same name. Other performers on the album include Lou Rawls, Liza Minnelli, Jennifer Holliday and Bobby Short. . . .
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May 24, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moviegoers know them as "The Original Kings of Comedy." Viewers know them as stars of their own sitcoms. Steve Harvey and D.L. Hughley team up tonight as hosts of "The Essence Awards 2001" (8 p.m. Fox), a two-hour special saluting individuals who have displayed strength in the face of adversity. Samuel L. Jackson and tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams are the evening's best-known honorees. Mothers Against Violence, a group of women brought together by tragic loss, will also be saluted.
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