The human voice can be raised to command attention, lowered to communicate confidence, or thrown to covertly heckle the ref at a child's soccer match. Hear versatile voices in action with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Bridgeport Theatre Company presents Dreamgirls
- When: January 16–18
- Where: Bridgeport Theatre Company at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 45 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $15 for one ticket to the preview performance on Thursday, January 16, at 8 p.m. (up to a $30 value)
- $22 for one ticket to the show on Friday, January 17, at 8 p.m. or Saturday, January 18, at 5 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (up to a $30 value)<p>
Chronicling the dizzying rise and fame-induced tribulations of a 1960s Motown trio, Dreamgirls has enamored audiences for more than three decades with show-stopping songs and tear-jerking drama. The curtain rises on lead singer Effie and her fellow Chicagoan bandmates Deena and Lorrell searching for their big break in New York. Soon Curtis, a smooth-talking used-car salesman, takes over as their manager and propels them toward stardom with bribery and reorganization of their dynamics. After Effie gets pushed to the sidelines in favor of Deena’s marketability, the group begins to splinter amid jealousy, infidelity, and the difficulty of conducting heated arguments in multipart harmony. When Effie becomes pregnant with Curtis’s baby, he leaves her to raise the child alone and watch Deena Jones and the Dreams rocket to stardom without her. Soulful songs such as “One Night Only” and “Listen” swell to the melodies of the ‘60s and ‘70s, tickling ears while the trio trudges toward forgiveness and redemption.<p>
Upon its 1981 debut, Dreamgirls swept up six Tony awards and made a star out of Jennifer Holliday. Henry Krieger supplied the swinging R&B score, and Tom Eyen snagged a Tony and a Grammy for his book and lyrics. Those tunes, augmented by music mogul David Geffen, gave the original soundtrack life outside the stage, as Holliday’s riveting take on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” became a Billboard hit. Dreamgirls’ success continued to grow, until it eventually reached the big screen in 2006 and earned three Golden Globe Awards.
Bridgeport Theatre Company
After his daytime gig as a financial planner in Manhattan, Eli Newsom returns to his theatrical roots as artistic director of Bridgeport Theatre Company, a nonprofit founded by a band of Connecticut-based artists in 2010. Eli harnesses more than 15 years of performing and teaching expertise into each season’s productions, which range from acclaimed dramatic fare to beloved musicals. The company’s ace staffers strive to bring each script to life with local actors and designers, and the BTC New Works program annually highlights the work of local playwrights, actors, and directors. In addition to its local cast and crew, each production depends on the aid of 25–50 volunteers, who lend a hand with countless tasks such as set construction, ushering, and haunting the theater dressed in a phantom costume.<p>