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Dreamgirls offers plenty drama, flash and energy

Musical on stage through June 14

Steven Duffy

North Shore Musical Theatre’s production of the 1981 hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls is full of energy, flash, and vocal performances that are made for the stage.

Loosely based on the story of the Supremes, Dreamgirls follows the struggles of three young black singers determined to make it big in the music industry.

As flawed diva Effie White, Bryonha Marie Parham’s powerful and fiery vocals while belting out showstoppers like “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing” are some of the best parts of the show.

Less impressive is Britney Coleman’s portrayal of Deena Jones. Her vocals are thin, and she never attains the command of an icon.

Destinee Rea, as the trio’s youngest singer, is bubbly and provides most of the show’s comic relief. She nicely captures the inner struggles and emotions of being with a married man.

Audience favorite Eric LaJuan Summers as James “Thunder” Early is electric. He has a raw energy with so much sizzle in his dancing, he seems on the verge of combustion.

Songs like Cadillac Man, Steppin’ to the Bad Side, One Night Only, and Dreamgirls will keep your toes tapping way after the show has ended. The minimalistic set designs keep your attention on the human drama as it unfolds before your eyes.

Dreamgirls is a night full of drama, glam, and glitter, despite the occasionally distracting sound issues.

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