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Dreamgirls  by Edith Berry

February 15, 2020

The young adults of North Carolina Central University Theatre department presented a high energy, showstopping production Friday February 14, 2020! I first saw this show in 1981 on Broadway in NYC when I live there, and Jennifer Holiday played Effie. Then I saw the movie with Beyonce Knowles as Deena, and Jennifer Hudson as Effie in 2006, and now the role of Effie from Candice Mayfield, a college student, was just as strong. The playwright is Tom Eyen, Composer Henry Krieger, and the Music Director was  Michael Williams and directed by Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith. The orchestra stayed on cue, and the choreographers Mychal Keels and Justin Williams, presented precision and finesse in each dancer’s movement. The timing and blocking in movement throughout the musical was airtight! The lead character of Curtis Taylor Jr. by Antwan Hawkins, Jr. made the audience hate him or liked him. His portrayal caused an authenticity of emotions throughout the production towards Effie. Candice Mayfield portraying Effie, had the audience giving her a standing ovation in singing, “I’m Not Going!” She had an impeccable, strong, powerful, voice that made the audience feel her pain in this relationship with Curtis.  Jimmy Early played by Elijah Spencer was entertaining with his singing, dancing, and relationship with Lorrell played by Kirstyn Kasongo. She and Deena Jones played by Taliyah Hearn had phenomenal voices. Zora Umeadi played the replacement for Effie as a Dreamgirl.  Each girl had a powerful vocal range that projected to the back of the theatre. You can determine that much rehearsing was done. The stagehand crew were constantly moving and putting stage props out, faster than the speed of lightening. Look out world, your future Broadway stars are forthcoming! A phenomenal job done by Dr. Bodie-Smith and her staff! Support our young adults artists. The show runs until Sunday February 23rd. You won’t be disappointed! Call for tickets at: (919)530-6242 website: http://www.nccu.edutheatre

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