Jennifer Holliday Says She Would Play Dreamgirls’ Effie Again Under One Condition

Cabaret & Concert News   Jennifer Holliday Says She Would Play Dreamgirls’ Effie Again Under One Condition
 
The Tony-winning actor will perform in concert November 12 in St. Louis.
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Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre (2). Credit Brinkhoff & Mögenburg.jpg
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Jennifer Holliday, most recently on Broadway in the revival of The Color Purple, said she would consider again playing her signature role, Effie White in Dreamgirls, if she were joined by the musical's original Deena Jones, Sheryl Lee Ralph.

“Maybe she could do Deena for a week or for one night only but maybe not want to tour with it,” Holliday told STLtoday.

Holliday, who will offer An Evening With Jennifer Holiday November 12 at the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries in St. Louis, said that she did see the current London revival of Dreamgirls, which stars Amber Riley in the role Holliday created.

“I went to see it in London, and a lot of people in that show looked as old as me. I said I could be in this one. But I enjoy seeing people make it their own.”

Riley, Holliday added, made Effie's signature song, “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going),” her own by “concentrating on the lyrics first and foremost. It was an honest approach that was her own, not a copy.”

Those attending Holliday's upcoming concert can expect to hear that roof-raising tune as well.

“I don’t get tired of singing it,” Holliday said, “I would never deprive what the song has come to mean for so many people. It would be a doggone crime for me to ever say, ‘I’m not gonna sing it again, so don’t ask me.’”

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