Montclair Operetta Club presents ‘Dreamgirls’
Montclair Operetta Club closes its season with “Dreamgirls,” a Broadway hit featuring book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Kreiger. The show runs this weekend, April 21, 22 and 23, and next, April 28, 29 and 30, at the Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.; the others are at 8 p.m.
The 1981 musical, which launched Jennifer Holliday’s career onto the international stage, follows the story of a fictional trio titled “The Dreams,” and looks at the rise of R&B acts such as the Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, the Supremes, and what happened to those groups as the ’60s turned into the disco era. The musical won six Tony Awards and was made into a movie starring Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx in 2006.
The cast of MOC’s production includes Cindy Nicholson of Montclair, Rayna Malhotra of Glen Ridge, Sindy De La Cruz of Clifton, Aja Baitey of Morristown, Chyna Brodie of West Orange, Yonori Cerda, Sam Currie, Kirk Lambert and Leonard Mitchell of Newark; Alneesha Harris, Dana P. Hawkins and Kyle Younger of East Orange; Christian Stewart of Irvington and Marcus Turnage of Brooklyn.
New York casting director Bob Cline returns to MOC to direct and is again joined by Gonzalo Valencia of Nutley, who serves as the music director. They are joined by choreographer Amy Shera Calzone.
MOC is one of the oldest continuous running community theaters in the country, presenting operettas since the 1920s. Tickets are available at mocmusicals.org or by calling 973-744-3133.