Sheryl Lee Ralph And Ben Harney On The Long Reach Of 'Dreamgirls'

On Dec. 20, 1981, “Dreamgirls’’ opened at the Imperial Theater, bringing a “seismic emotional jolt” to Broadway, as the critic Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times. Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen and directed by Michael Bennett, the musical followed the path of a Supremes-style girl group and its driven, unscrupulous manager.

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