Based on the original Broadway production book and lyrics by Tom Eyen ; music by Henry Krieger
Special features: 12 never-before-seen extended musical numbers including a Jenifer Hudson performance not seen in theaters; music video "Listen" by Beyoncé
DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo., surround, NTSC
Films for the hearing impaired
African American singers
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Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of 18-year-olds, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?
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