Dreamgirls (2006) - Synopsis
Twenty-five years after first bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical sensation “Dreamgirls” comes to the big screen starring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”), Beyoncé Knowles (“Austin Powers in Goldmember”), Eddie Murphy (“The Nutty Professor,” “Dr. Dolittle”), Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”), Jennifer Hudson (“American Idol”), and Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Broadway’s “Caroline or Change”).
Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early ‘70s, “Dreamgirls” follows the rise of a trio of women—Effie, Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls’ look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.
“Dreamgirls” is being directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay he adapted from the stage musical’s original book by Tom Eyen. An Academy Award® winner for his screenplay for “Gods and Monsters,” which he also directed, Condon received another Oscar® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of “Chicago.” He more recently wrote and directed “Kinsey.”
Academy Award®-nominated producer Laurence Mark (“Jerry Maguire,” “As Good As It Gets,” “I, Robot”) is producing “Dreamgirls,” and Patricia Whitcher (“The Terminal,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) is executive producing. The lyrics are by Tom Eyen, with music by Henry Krieger.
A co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, “Dreamgirls” will be distributed domestically by DreamWorks, with Paramount handling the international release.