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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

Dreamgirls Watch: John Lithgow Gets New (Theoretically White) Character

I hate it when people start messing with things. Dark Horizons reports that Emmy winner John Lithgow has joined the cast of the new movie version Dreamgirls in a new role, a "ruthless movie producer who comes into contact with Deena Jones (Beyonce Knowles) when she attempts a movie career." I realize that some things need to be altered in a transition from stage to screen...but writing in new (white) characters raises my playwright's eyebrow.

The good news: a lot of other minor roles have been cast as well, with some exciting names....most notably, original Broadway cast member Loretta Devine as a jazz singer. Others include John Krasinski (NBC's The Office), Dawnn Lewis (A Different World) and Broadway ingenue Laura Bell Bundy. Opening day is now scheduled for December 21st.

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