Dreams will be heard when the Tony and Academy Award-winning musical "Dreamgirls" comes to the Community Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. May 9.
"Dreamgirls" tells the story of The Dreams, a female trio in the 1960s with their eyes set on stardom who finally achieve success but at a price. The show premiered on Broadway in 1981 and the film version starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy was released in 2006.
Three young women Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson desire to become pop stars and get their wish when they're picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. But the happiness is short-lived as they become a break-out group relationships start to shift and the trio starts to crumble under the pressures of success.
Jasmin Richardson, who plays Deena, has to prove that she can shine as brightly as Effie when she becomes the new lead singer of The Dreams.
As Deena, Richardson said she gets to portray a woman who has a huge arc in the storyline and finally becomes her own woman.
"She is driven by her husband, who wants her to be the woman he thinks she should be," Richardson said. "But in the end, she grows and she becomes the woman she wants to be."
Richardson said the role is challenging in that she must wear 13 different wigs each show and go through at least 15 costume changes all while playing a main character.
"It can be exhausting each show," she said with a laugh, adding that she has been on the road for the past five months. "But I never get tired of it. Show days can be rough, but I studied musical theatre, so I know what I'm doing."
There are some differences between the show version and the movie version, which Richardson pointed out. "My favorite song, 'Listen,' is a solo in the movie but a duet in the show and it is so beautiful."
Richardson said the music is what makes "Dreamgirls" a classic.
"The show is driven by music and I never get bored singing these songs."
She also said the set is very minimalistic, which requires the performers to really stand out.
"There are some video effects with LED panels."
In the end, Richardson hopes that the audience will come away with the understanding that show business is not always glamorous.
"These characters are real-life people and we all can connect to them and relate to the stories," she said. "These are real people with real issues. It's also about discovery finding out who you are."
The show also features songs by Henry Krieger including "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only," "I'm Lookin' for Something," "Goin' Downtown" and "Takin' the Long Way Home."
Tickets for "Dreamgirls" are on sale now and range from $30 to $55. Tickets are available at the Community Arts Center box office at 220 W. Fourth St., or by calling 326-2424.
or online at www.caclive.com.