Through Feb. 1: 'Dreamgirls' comes to the stage in region

The smash Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” is coming to the region. The Bridgeport Theatre Company (BTC) continues its fourth season with a production of “Dreamgirls” from Jan. 17-Feb. 1.

All performances will be at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

A Broadway musical and then an award-winning motion picture, “Dreamgirls” captures the spirit and hope of Motown when a girl group from Chicago makes it big. In a business controlled by men, the female trio fights for recognition, fellowship and love as superstardom challenges their musical and cultural identity.

A spectacle about the price of show-biz success, it is based on the story of Diana Ross’ rise to fame.

The show has made stars of Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. It features the hit songs “Dreamgirls,” “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “One Night Only.”

Performances four nights a week

Performance are Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m.: Sunday, Jan 26 at 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan 31 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a preview performance on Thursday, Jan 16 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students and children (preview show is $18 for all seats). Concessions will be available for purchase throughout each performance and patrons are encouraged to pack picnics (BYO format, including drinks) for the full “Downtown Cabaret” experience.

Order tickets online at or, or by phone at 203-576-1636 (option 0).

Seating begins 45 minutes before show time, and an attended parking lot is available across from the theater on Golden Hill Street.

Many performers from region in play

The cast of 25 local performers includes:

— Alana Cauthen as Effie White

— Acacia Cannon as Effie White for the Saturday 5 p.m. performances (Jan. 18 and 25, and Feb. 1)

— Danielle Summons as Deena Jones

— Jessica Braun as Lorrell Robinson

— Khallid Graham as Curtis Taylor Jr.

— Sean Davis as James Thunder Early

— Garth West as CC White

— Ryan Elle as Michelle Morris

— Everton Ricketts as Marty

— John Rodgers as Wayne

— Sampson Denny as Tiny Joe Dixon

The ensemble includes Joe Cardozo, Josh Cardozo, Faith Fernandes, Timothy Fountain, Evelynne Fulda, Emma LaPlace, Kamilah Lindo, Tondrea Mabins, Kevin Pelkey, Cameron Phillips, Mikhail Reese, Cynthia Rivera, Sean Sepulveda, Statchakay Silvera, and Leondra Smith-West.

The production is directed by Christy McIntosh (she previously directed BTC’s “Next to Normal” and “Hairspray”), with musical direction by Stephanie Gaumer (she also will lead a seven-piece live band) and choreography by Emily Frangipane.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is next

Under the artistic direction of Eli Newsom, BTC operates in-residence to present the Community Theatre Series for the Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

The BTC’s 2013-14 season has included “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” with upcoming productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Shrek” as well as new works events, concerts and fund-raisers.

BTC was founded in May 2010 by a group of Connecticut-based performing artists, including Newsom. Find out more at