DREAMGIRLS star Jennifer Holliday inspires fans with social media performance

This week, the Dreamgirls musical is celebrating its 40th anniversary! To celebrate, the show’s original star, Tony winner Jennifer Holliday took to Twitter to sing the show’s finale to help fans deal with the changes the pandemic has brought and to help them cope. dream of a better future.

See her sweet performance here:

Jennifer Holliday was catapulted to Broadway with the lead role of iconic Effie “Melody” White in the 1981 hit. Dream girls. Ms. Holliday immortalized Effie, forever creating a model for delivering heart-wrenching and timeless performances, as evidenced by the Grammy Award she won for the performance of the breathtaking ballad “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going” and her Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role.

His second album, Tell me that You Love Me, won him a second Grammy for his performance of the Duke Ellington classic, “Come Sunday”. From 1985 to 1992, she had five singles in the Top 10 of the R&B and Dance charts and her star continued to shine with collaborations and appearances with other megastars: Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson. , Maurice White and Foreigner, with whom she performed on a special version of “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Film buffs and music lovers can also hear Ms. Holliday’s voice on compilation albums for films such as In The Mood: The Story of Sonny Wisecarver (1987), I will make you suck (1988), The five heartbeats (1991), amazing Grace (2006) and Why did i get married (2007). She also composed and sang the original songs from the soundtrack of The ascending place (2001). In 2014, Ms. Holliday released her first album in two decades. This Song Is You moved longtime fans and attracted a new generation of enthusiastic listeners, returning Ms. Holliday to the Top 20 of the R&B charts with rave reviews. The most notable TV appearances include David E. Kelley’s “Ally McBeal”, “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. In 2016, Ms. Holliday returned to the stage alongside Cynthia Erivo in the Broadway revival of The color purple like the sultry singer Shug Avery. His other recent theatrical credits include Sing Mahalia Sing: The Story of Mahalia Jackson, Discouraged Blues: The Bessie Smith Story, Harlem Suite (as “Aretha Franklin”), Chicago (as “Mama Morton”), Grease (as “Teen Angel”) and Black Nativity (as “Angel of God”). She is a long-time dedicated supporter of the LGBTQ + community and an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.

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