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|Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast Album)|
|Cast recording by |
|Released||February 25, 1982|
October 11, 2006 (Re-issue)
|Genre||Broadway, R&B, Soul, Pop|
Decca Broadway (Reissue)
Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album is the cast album for the original Broadway production of the musical Dreamgirls, which debuted at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981. The album was issued by David Geffen, a co-financier of the musical and later producer of its 2006 film adaptation, on his Geffen Records label during the winter of 1982. The Dreamgirls cast album features cast performances by the show's performers, including Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Obba Babatundé, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.
The cast album includes highlights from the musical's score; many numbers were truncated or excised in order to fit onto one long-playing vinyl record. A 2006 special edition remastered version, issued to tie-in with both the musical's 25th anniversary and the DreamWorks/Paramount-produced Dreamgirls feature film adaptation, adds three previously unissued tracks from the original recording sessions. Also included is a bonus disc featuring instrumental mixes (prepared for personal appearances by the cast) and a dance version of the musical's signature number, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
Pop music producer David Foster served as producer of the cast album, which peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, while peaking at #4 on Billboard's Black Albums Chart. It is the highest charting Broadway Cast Recording in history on the Billboard 200. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6114223/idina-menzels-ifthen-scores-show-stopping-chart-debut In 1983, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Jennifer Holliday received the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
All songs written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen.
|Chart (1982)||Peak position|
|U.S. Billboard 200||11|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart||4|