'Dreamgirls' Play Is Born Again On Broadway

by Sylvia P. Flanagan

When Dreamgirls recently reopened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City, at least five new stars were born again: Lillias White, as Effie Melody White; Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr., as James Thunder Early; Alisa Gyse, as Deena Jones; Weyman Thompson, as CurtisTaylor, Jr.; and Arnetia Walker, as Lorrell Robinson.

Although these five have played their roles for months throughout the United States and Europe, they somehow brought a special magic in their second debut on Broadway.

Lillias White brought emotion and realism to the role of Effie White, originally played by Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday. Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr.'s showmanship brought a round of applause each time from the house for the Part of James Thunder Early. 'Star Search's" first runner-up of the female vocalist category on the show's premiere season. Alisa Gyse, is a winner as Deena Jones. ' Thompson who was in the original company of Dreamgirls, is a wonderful actor as portrays the snake-in-the-grass, tough business manager of the group, Curtis Taylor Jr. And Arnetia Walker interjects humor with her role of Lorrell Robinson.

Welcome back to Broadway.

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