10.25.05: The Underdogs have begun working
on the music for the movie Dreamgirls. Though they have worked on
multiple soundtracks in the past, this is a major undertaking in that
they are creating the music for the entire film. Certainly this will
place them at another level.
The film is an adaptation from the Broadway musical where a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s. Dreamgirls is directed by Bill Condon and will star Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Beyonce.
Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson - three friends from Chicago - are a promising singing trio called The Dreamettes. Accompanied by their songwriter C.C. White (Effie's brother), they travel to New York to compete in a talent show at the Apollo Theatre. Although the girls lose this first bid for fame, their talent attracts an ambitious manager by the name of Curtis Taylor, Jr., who uses unscrupulous tactics to move the girls from backup singers of superstar James "Thunder" Early to superstars of their own. Curtis reshapes the group to "crossover" from R&B to the lucrative pop music scene. Lead singer Effie gets replaced by the more attractive Deena and is eventually dropped from the trio. The group evolves into a more sophisticated group, The Dreams, with a lighter sound and chic look. They successfully attract a "whiter" audience and The Dreams rise to international stardom. The money, fame, and adulation, however, doesn't bring them happiness. Deena decides to leave The Dreams and pursue a film career, and when the group finally learns of Curtis' drug problems and payola schemes, they decide to let it all go. At the final appearance of The Dreams, they reunite with Effie for one final number. The score includes And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going, I Am Changing, One Night Only, Fake Your Way to the Top, When I First Saw You, Dreamgirls, Steppin' to the Bad Side, and Cadillac Car.