As an actor, it seems I’m Facebook friends with several of the cast in Dreamgirls, the first play of this season at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. And I can tell you that the high spirits – the joy and confidence and eagerness – that I see there, at this stage of rehearsal, are remarkable. In fact, they’re almost not normal. The feeling inside the cast is that this show is shaping up to be very special indeed. Dreamgirls previews September 28 and 29, and it opens Friday, September 30.
Helmed by Hilton Head’s favorite New York director, Casey Colgan, Dreamgirls takes you on a flashy, passionate ride to the top, with the stars and star-makers of rhythm and blues, behind the hits. You’ll be hip deep in the panache, the conquer-the-world attitude of the early sixties, and you’ll be touched by the price they paid to live their dreams in the seventies. Don’t miss this one.
Stars were born from Dreamgirls; the show is that good. Jennifer Hudson barreled her way to national attention with her all-in performance of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. And Beyonce made a hit from the film years later with One Night Only. Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards and two Grammys and has continued to thrill audiences on stage and screen. The Arts Center is presenting the costume designs of the original Broadway production.
Director Casey Colgan returns to the Arts Center, where his credits are literally too numerous to mention. Last season Casey directed and starred in Hairspray, and directed Smokey Joe’s Café. Hilton Head audiences have seen Casey’s work in The Producers, My Fair Lady, Mame, Camelot and Les Miserables, to name only a few.
Among the actors returning to the Arts Center stage for Dreamgirls is Deonte L. Warren. Deonte lit up Hairspray with his dance groove as Seaweed J. Stubbs, and then looked like Sam Cooke’s identical twin in Smokey Joe. It’s rare for a New York actor to appear in three Arts Center productions back-to-back – – but not rare for them to want to!
And Dreamgirls is just the beginning. The Arts Center production series this year is certainly one of the most exciting they’ve ever staged. The Drowsy Chaperone, Shout!, Lend Me A Tenor and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying are a string of Broadway hits any producer would be proud of.
Tickets for Dreamgirls – or the whole season – are now on sale online or by calling the Box Office at 843-842-ARTS or 888-860-2787.