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December 19, 2006


Danny, with this post you've cemented your position as Cultural Czar of the 21st Century. I can't think of anyone else who could come up with as many references, who's been to as many relevant productions in historic theatres, who knows the history of every role and performer and whose wit is on display as he writes about all of them. You really are a one-man show. And a good one.

Okay, that does it: I officially have Dreamgirls fever.

I thought I was losing my mind. I told someone that the actress who plays Effie is named Jennifer Holliday, and they said, "No, Jennifer Hudson." I wondered where I got Holliday. Now I know!

Danny, I was on the fence about seeing the film, but after reading your commentary, I am going. You mentioned you saw the original Broadway show in New York in 1982. Well, listen to this: I was working in the entertainment press on the very night that "Dreamgirls" opened in Boston in tryouts BEFORE its New York debut. So I was one of the first people to hear Jennifer Holliday sing her famous showstopper live! I still remember, all these years later, how powerful that performance was. I knew I was witnessing something amazing and important in theater history.

Oy, I can't wait to see this movie...I can't convince my husband though...he needs a little more of your gay sensibilities.


Yes, it's me again...returning to darken your monitor after a long absence.

Re your proposed name, "Straight Man/Gay Blog”: a friend of mine once asked, "Why do gay men have great taste in everything EXCEPT music? They seem to listen to nothing but show tunes and bad disco!" To which my ex-girlfriend replied, "The show tunes remind them of their mothers and high school drama class, and the bad disco has a perfect beat for back-door sex!" She was that kind of a woman...

Anyway, this very sinful Christian hopes you, Kendall & the kid are having a happy Hanukkah. And if I don't post before then, a joyous and productive Ought-Seven as well!

Amazing review. Frankly, I knew nothing about "Dreamgirls" (the movie or the musical) until I saw Beyonce Knowles on Letterman last night. It sounded interesting then, but reading your review was thoroughly entertaining and enlightening, and I may try and see the movie.

I'll add my "straightman/gay taste" voice to the growing chorus and say that this is one of the most sensational film experiences I've had in years.

Murphy will pick up the cu as Best Supporting at the Oscars. Hudson will at least get a nod.

Now I'd love to see a stage revival. In the meantime, you MUST see this film!

I loved this commentary. Dreamgirls was SO much more about Jennifer Hudson's singing and preformance than Beyonce's part in the movie. Beyonce was really befitting of the part of Deena given her own background and lack of "personality" in her voice.

I hope that everyone see's how Hudson was the shinning star in this movie, and give her due and earned attention. Hopefully what happened in the movie won't be replayed in real life :)

I really dont think this movie helped beyonce's career.

thatr is kwl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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