Black Musicals: Ep.1 Dreamgirls

An amazing former student actor and stage manager, Lonnae Hickman is creating a Black Musical Series for her senior thesis. Check her out!

Welcome to my series on Black Musicals. This first episode is about the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Everything used in this series, such as music, videos, and pictures is fair use as it’s for educational, critical, and learning purposes. I want more people to know about black musicals and their origins as its historiography are far and few.

Thank you! Stay tuned for next week’s video about The Wiz!

Hosted, Researched, and Written by Lonnae Hickman

Edited by Annika Pallasch

Thumbnail Graphics by McLean Casey

Work Cited: Music in the intro is by Dougie Wood – Bensound “Dreamgirls (Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Feb. 2021,,of%20its%20acts%2C%20The%20Supremes. “Dreamgirls.”

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June-Friesen, Katy. “The Real Dreamgirls.”, Smithsonian Institution, 1 Feb. 2007,

Krieger , Henry, et al. “Dreamgirls.” 20 Dec. 1981, New York City, Imperial Theatre. McNulty, Charles.

“`Dreamgirls’ Works as Adaptation; `History Boys’ Stumbles.”, Chicago Tribune, 23 Aug. 2006, Riedel, Michael. “Inside the Greatest Face-Off in Tony Award History.”

Vanity Fair, Conde Naste, 21 Sept. 2015, Rigsbee, Valerie, et al. Broadway Musical Home: Dreamgirls. Edited by Gary DuBreuil, 2021, Selvin, Joel.

“SUPREME BEINGS: WHAT ‘DREAMGIRLS’ GETS RIGHT.” SFGATE, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Jan. 2012, Warwick, Jacqueline C. Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s. Routledge, 2008. Woll, Allen L.

Black Musical Theatre: from Coontown to Dreamgirls. Da Capo, 1989. Yeston , Maury, et al. “Nine.” 9 May 1982, New York City , 46th St Threate.

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