The 2nd National Tour of DREAMGIRLS opened at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 8, 1985.

While the 1st tour was an almost-identical replica of the Broadway version, Michael Bennett reconceived the show for a bus-and-truck incarnation. He simplified the staging and modified the set. The light towers (four rather than five) were no longer automated, but pushed by the actors. There were no light bridges. Several of the numbers were reblocked to fit the pared down production. The result was a very different, yet effective staging that focused on the characters and story rather than the spectacle.

Creative

BOOK & LYRICS BY
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MUSIC BY
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PRODUCED BY
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Marvin A. Krauss
 
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Irvin Siders
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 Associates
COMPANY MANAGER
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Allan Williams
TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
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Arthur Siccardi
PROPS
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Charles Zuckerman
 
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Greg Martin
 
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Joe Schwarz
WARDROBE
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Alyce Gilbert
 
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Walter Douglas
 
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Marilyn Knotts
WIGS
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Michael Robinson
HAIR
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Steven Coy
 
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David Dunn
 
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John James
DANCE CAPTAIN
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Brenda Braxton
STAGE MANAGERS
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Peter B. Mumford
 
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Carmen Albanese
 
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Thomas A. Bartlett
CASTING
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Johnson/Liff
PRESS
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Diane Judge
 
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Norman Zagier

Cast

THE STEPP SISTERS
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Rhetta Hughes
 
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Johnnie Teamer
 
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Lorraine Velez
 
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LueCinda Ramseur
CHARLENE
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Yvette Louise Cason
JOANNE
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Susan Beaubian
MARTY
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Larry Stewart
CURTIS TAYLOR JR.
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Weyman Thompson
DEENA JONES
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M.C. / MR. MORGAN
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Vernon Spencer
TINY JOE DIXON/JERRY/SECURITY GUARD
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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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Sharon Brown
LITTLE ALBERT & THE TRU-TONES
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Bobby Daye
 
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Robert Clater
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Kevyn Morrow
JAMES THUNDER EARLY
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Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr.
EDNA BURKE
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Fuschia Walker
THE JAMES EARLY BAND
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Robert Clater
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Bobby Daye
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Kevyn Morrow
 
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Steve Marder
WAYNE
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Milton Craig Nealy
DAVE & THE SWEETHEARTS
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Paul Binotto
 
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Pat Heaven
 
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Lorraine Velez
FRANK
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Tim Cassidy
DWIGHT
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Steve Marder
MICHELLE MORRIS
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LueCinda Ramseur
CARL
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Bobby Daye
FILM EXECUTIVES
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Paul Binotto
 
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Bobby Daye
 
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Kevyn Morrow
THE FIVE TUXEDOS
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Robert Clater
 
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Vincent M. Cole
 
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Bobby Daye
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Kevyn Morrow
LES STYLE
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Susan Beaubian
 
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Lorraine Velez
 
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Pat Heaven
 
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Johnnie Teamer

Understudies

EFFIE
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Yvette Louise Cason
 
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Arnetia Walker
 
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Robert B. Gould
DEENA
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Susan Beaubian
 
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LueCinda Ramseur
LORRELL
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Susan Beaubian
 
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Rhetta Hughes
MICHELLE
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Susan Beaubian
 
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Johnnie Teamer
CURTIS
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Lawrence Clayton
 
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Larry Stewart
THUNDER
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Philip Gilmore
 
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Milton Craig Nealy
C.C.
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Bobby Daye
MARTY
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Roy L. Jones
 
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Milton Craig Nealy
 
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Vernon Spencer
WAYNE
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Philip Gilmore
 
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Thomas Scott Gordan
 
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Kevyn Morrow
FRANK
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Steve Marder
JERRY
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Vernon Spencer
DAVE
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Tim Cassidy
M.C.
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Milton Craig Nealy
MORGAN
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Philip Gilmore
TINY JOE
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Philip Gilmore
 
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Darryl Eric Tribble
CHARLENE/JOANNE/EDNA
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Brenda Braxton
 
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B.J. Jefferson