Los Angeles Theater Preview: CELEBRATING THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF DREAMGIRLS (Broadway Under the Stars at Ford Amphitheatre)

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by Tony Frankel on July 3, 2016

in Theater-Los Angeles


After nearly two years of renovations, I caught an early glimpse of the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, one of Los Angeles’s top entertainment venues. With a new eatery, landscaping, soundwall (which blocks the 101 Freeway and Hollywood Bowl noise), and amenities for both artist and audience, the gorgeous performing venue under the stars in the Hollywood Hills opens on July 8, 2016. An astounding array of talent, much of it local, will appear through October 15.


Just as exciting is one of the opening weekend shows: Original stars of Deamgirls, the ever-popular 1981 Broadway musical, reunite for a one-night only concert to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Michael Bennett’s game-changing show. Expect conversation and song from Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Holliday for this Broadway Under the Stars event, presented by Chris Isaacson.


In addition, there will be a slew of special guests, including Mary Wilson, one of the founders of The Supremes. (With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, Dreamgirls is suggested by, but not the actual story of, the rise of Diana Ross and The Supremes, America’s premiere girl singing group of the 1960s.) The evening’s other scheduled guests are (in alphabetical order) Sharon Catherine Brown, Wilson Cruz, Frenchie Davis, Ray Garcia, Saana Gray, Ciera Jasmeen Hart, Liisi LaFontaine, Kenny Lattimore, Jenifer Lewis, Craig Lucas, Parnell Marcano, Marsai Martin, Sandy Martin, Annette Moore, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Belinda Skinner, Craig Thurman, Natalie Wachen, Amber Stevens West, and Matt Zarley. The sure-to-sell-out extravaganza will be hosted by gadfly Perez Hilton.


Broadway Under the Stars
Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Dreamgirls
Chris Isaacson Presents, LLC
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 8
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood
for tickets, call 323.461.3673 or visit Ford Theatres
or more info, visit Chris Isaacson

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