Dreams can come true. But they may do so at a price. This is the central theme of Dreamgirls, a musical directed by Bill Condon (Gods & Monsters) and starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson and a heap of others.
Twenty-five years after a huge success as a musical on Broadway, Dreamgirls comes to the big screen. It follows the rise of aspiring trio The Dreamettes. (Think The Supremes.)
Discovered in the 1960s by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Junior (Jamie Foxx) at a talent competition, The Dreamettes are offered the opportunity of a lifetime to become back-up singers for headliner James Thunder Early (Eddie Murphy).
Curtis manages all aspects of the group as they rise to stardom, becoming The Dreams but there is a price. One of the girls gets edged out in the ruthless world of the music industry.
This is a film about the cost of fame and fortune; the decisions that must be made.
The songs are powerful and delivered either on stage in the film or through the more traditional in context style of musicals.
Dreamgirls has won a truckload of awards including Best Director nomination from the Directors Guild of America; a Best Supporting Actress vote by the New York Film Critics Circle for Jennifer Hudson; Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy) from Broadcast Film Critics Association; as well as eight Oscar nominations This was Eddie Murphys first Oscar nomination.
Dreamgirls is screening at Birch, Carroll & Coyle in Lismore from this week.
Freebie: The Echo has 30 (yes 30) double passes to give away to some lucky readers. To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.15 and 10.30am next Monday, February 5, and tell us which famous blind singer Jamie Foxx played in a recent film biography.
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