Friday, 26 June 2009
Rising Stars champ heads Dreamgirls cast
DIGICEL Rising Stars winner Cameal Davis will star in the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s (JMTC) summer production of Dreamgirls tackling the demanding role of Effie White. The JMTC version of the popular Broadway musical opens on Thursday July 9, 2009 at the Philip Sherlock Centre UWI, Mona and runs throughout July. The production will also feature recording artist Aisha Davis alternating in the role of ‘Deena’ and OJ Deru alternating in the role of Jimmy, along with the talented JMTC ensemble.
Davis became the first female winner for the popular talent competition in 2008 singing tunes like “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson. Coincidentally, Hudson played the role of Effie in the film version of Dreamgirls in 2007, winning an Oscar for her powerful performance.
Dreamgirls is loosely based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown to name a few, and follows a young female singing trio called "The Dreams", who become music superstars. But Dreamgirls is not just about the singing, dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry and the business element of showbiz.
Following a one-year hiatus, The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) is proud to continue its tradition of staging first class, award-winning musicals such as “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, “Sarafina”, “Mama I Want to Sing!”, “Purlie”, “The Wiz” and “Disco Inferno”.