December 12, 2006 |
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 |
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.
February 28, 2010 |
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.
February 26, 2007 |
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.
May 7, 1988 |
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.
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.