Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album


Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album
Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast Album)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Broadway/R&B/soul/pop
Length 46:58
Label Geffen (original issue)
Decca Broadway (reissue)
Producer David Foster
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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 (see 1982 in music). 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.

Contents

Album information

The cast album includes highlights from the musical's score; many numbers were truncated or excised in order to fit the soundtrack on one long-playing vinyl record. A 2006 Special Edition remastered version, issued to tie-in with both the musical's twenty-fifth 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 musicals 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. 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".

In 1993, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA and to date has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States.

The Special Edition version of the cast album was issued by Decca Broadway and Hip-O Records on November 21, 2006. The dance remix of "And I Am Telling You" was produced by Craig C.

Original 1982 track listing

All songs written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen.

Side one

  1. "Move (You're Steppin' On My Heart)" – 1:56
  2. "Fake Your Way To The Top" – 2:27
  3. "Cadillac Car" – 3:32
  4. "Steppin' To The Bad Side" – 3:44
  5. "Family" – 3:19
  6. "Dreamgirls" – 3:14
  7. "Press Conference – 1:40
  8. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" – 4:05

Side two

  1. "Ain't No Party" – 2:08
  2. "When I First Saw You" – 2:41
  3. "I Am Changing" – 3:59
  4. "I Meant You No Harm" – 1:05
  5. "The Rap" – 1:41
  6. "Firing of Jimmy" – 2:36
  7. "I Miss You Old Friend" – 1:33
  8. "One Night Only" – 3:42
  9. "Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love" – 3:36

2006 Special Edition track listing

All songs written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen.

Disc one

  1. "Move (You're Steppin' On My Heart)"
  2. "Fake Your Way To The Top"
  3. "Cadillac Car"
  4. "Steppin' To The Bad Side"
  5. "Family"
  6. "Dreamgirls"
  7. "Press Conference"
  8. "Driving Down the Strip" 1
  9. "It's All Over" 1
  10. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
  11. "Ain't No Party"
  12. "When I First Saw You"
  13. "I Am Changing"
  14. "I Meant You No Harm"
  15. "The Rap"
  16. "Firing of Jimmy"
  17. "I Miss You Old Friend"
  18. "One Night Only"
  19. "Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love"
  20. "Dreamgirls (Finale)" 1

Disc two

  1. "Cadillac Car" (instrumental)
  2. "Steppin' To The Bad Side" (instrumental)
  3. "Family" (instrumental)
  4. "Dreamgirls" (instrumental)
  5. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (instrumental)
  6. "When I First Saw You" (instrumental)
  7. "I Am Changing" (instrumental)
  8. "One Night Only" (instrumental)
  9. "Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love" (instrumental)
  10. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Craig C. Club Mix)

Notes

  • 1 Previously unreleased

Performers

  • "Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart)"
Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine
  • "Fake Your Way to the Top"
Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • "Cadillac Car"
1st: Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Obba Babatundé, and Vondie Curtis-Hall
2nd: Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Company
3rd: Paul Binotto, Candy Darling, Stephanie Eley
  • "Steppin' to the Bad Side"
Ben Harney, Obba Babatundé, Tony Franklin, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Company
  • "Family"
Obba Babatundé, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney
  • "Dreamgirls"
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jennifer Holliday, Loretta Devine
  • "Press Conference"
The Company, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ben Harney
  • "Driving Down the Strip"
Cleavant Derricks
  • "It's All Over"
Jennifer Holliday, Ben Harney, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Obba Babatundé, Deborah Burrell
  • "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
Jennifer Holliday
  • "Ain't No Party"
Loretta Devine
  • "When I First Saw You"
Ben Harney and Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • "I Am Changing"
Jennifer Holliday
  • "I Meant You No Harm"
Cleavant Derricks
  • "The Rap"
Cleavant Derricks
  • "Firing of Jimmy"
Cleavant Derricks, Ben Harney, Loretta Devine, The Company
  • "I Miss You Old Friend"
Obba Babatundé, Jennifer Holliday
  • "One Night Only"
Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Deborah Burrell
  • "Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love"
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Deborah Burrell
  • "Dreamgirls (Finale)"
Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Deborah Burrell

Chart history

Album

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 11
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 4

Songs

Title Chart (2006-2007) Peak
position
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
"I Am Changing" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 29
"When I First Saw You" U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 50

Trivia

  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen (later Phylicia Rashad), later famous as Bill Cosby's TV wife on The Cosby Show, was a member of the musical's company (and appears here as a background singer).

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