The 1st National Tour of DREAMGIRLS opened at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 20, 1983.

This production was a near-carbon copy of the Broadway production. The only major difference was the opening of Act Two (and seven minutes cut of Act Two cuts). Michael Bennett reworked the opening and was put into the Broadway production on June 20, 1983.

After three stops, the tour proved too expensive to run and closed early.

Creative

BOOK & LYRICS BY
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MUSIC BY
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PRODUCED BY
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DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY
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CO-CHOREOGRAPHER
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MUSICAL DIRECTION BY
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SCENERY BY
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Robin Wagner
COSTUMES BY
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LIGHTING BY
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SOUND BY
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MUSICAL SUPERVISION & ORCHESTRATIONS BY
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VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS BY
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HAIR STYLIST
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Ted Azar
GENERAL MANAGEMENT
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Marvin A. Krauss
 
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Eric L. Angelson
 
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Gary Gunas
 
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Steven C. Callahan
 
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Joey Parnes
COMPANY MANAGER
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Drew Murphy
STAGE MANAGERS
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Jacqueline Yancey
 
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David Blackwell
TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
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Arthur Siccardi
PROPS
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Al Steiner
WARDROBE
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Alyce Gilbert
 
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Dan Lomax
 
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Sally Smith
ASSISTANT TO CHOREOGRAPHERS
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Geneva Burke
ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER
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Frank Krenz
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
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Rob Morrow
CASTING
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Johnson/Liff
PRESS
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Merle Debuskey
 
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Diane Judge
 
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Judy Davidson
 
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Tim Choy
 
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Ellen Friedberg

Cast

THE STEPP SISTERS
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Tyra T. Ferrell
 
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LueCinda Ramseur
 
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Johnnie Teamer
CHARLENE
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Betty K. Bynum
JOANNE
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Susan Beaubian
MARTY
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Weyman Thompson
CURTIS TAYLOR JR.
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Larry Riley
DEENA JONES
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Linda Leilani Brown
M.C. / MR. MORGAN
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Ron Richardson
TINY JOE DIXON / JERRY
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Roy L. Jones
LORRELL ROBINSON
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Arnetia Walker
C.C. WHITE
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Lawrence Clayton
EFFIE MELODY WHITE
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LITTLE ALBERT & THE TRU-TONES
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Rudy Huston
 
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Abe Clark
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Gordon J. Owens
JAMES THUNDER EARLY
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Clinton Derricks-Carroll
EDNA BURKE
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Edwina Lewis
THE JAMES EARLY BAND
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Abe Clark
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Rudy Huston
 
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Gordon J. Owens
 
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Stephen Terrell
WAYNE
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Maurice Felder
FRANK
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Tim Cassidy
DAVE & THE SWEETHEARTS
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Ray Benson
 
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Delyse Lively
 
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Candy Milo
MICHELLE MORRIS
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THE FIVE TUXEDOS
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Abe Clark
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Gordon J. Owens
 
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Ron Richardson
LES STYLE
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Susan Beaubian
 
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Betty K. Bynum
 
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Candy Milo
 
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Johnnie Teamer
FILM EXECUTIVES
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Ray Benson
 
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Donn Simione
 
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Abe Clark
ANNOUNCERS, FANS, REPORTERS, STAGEHANDS, PARTY GUESTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS
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Susan Beaubian
 
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Ray Benson
 
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Betty Clark
 
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Tim Cassidy
 
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Abe Clark
 
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Lawrence Clayton
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Tyra T. Ferrell
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Rudy Huston
 
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Roy L. Jones
 
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Edwina Lewis
 
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Delyse Lively
 
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Candy Milo
 
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Gordon J. Owens
 
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LueCinda Ramseur
 
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Ron Richardson
 
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Angel Rogers
 
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Donn Simione
 
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Johnnie Teamer
 
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Stephen Terrell
 
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Kristi Tucker
 
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Derryl Yeager
SWINGS
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Sharon Brooks
 
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Helen Castillo
 
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Philip Gilmore

Understudies

Miss Holliday
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Lillias White
Miss Brown
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Miss Walker
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Susan Beaubian
Miss Burrell
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LueCinda Ramseur
Mr. Riley
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Weyman Thompson
Mr. Derricks-Carol, Thompson, Jones
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Ron Richardson