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Broadway’s Original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday to perform at the Gracie Theatre

Posted Nov. 07, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
Broadway’s Original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday to perform at the Gracie Theatre
Broadway’s Original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday to perform at the Gracie Theatre

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Gracie Theatre, 1 College Circle, Bangor, ME

For more information: Jeri Misler; 207-941-7888; gracietheatre.com

The Gracie Theatre at Husson University is proud is present Jennifer Holliday, the original Broadway Dreamgirl, in concert Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is the second show in the Gracie’s inaugural season sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank with additional show sponsorship by Quirk Auto group. The evening will feature Dreamgirls selections along with songs by Marvin Hamlisch and several of Ms. Holliday’s R & B hits.

Ms. Holliday is best known for her Tony award-winning performance as Effie in Dreamgirls on Broadway and continues her singing career to this day, having garnered two Grammy awards for Best R & B Female Vocalist. In the 1980’s, Jennifer Holliday’s show-stopping performance of the torch ballad “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” in Dreamgirls made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie “Melody” White, a role which she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for 8 performances a week, but also garnered a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. The show ran for five years and won universal acclaim.

Holliday’s other theater credits include Sing Mahalia Sing: The Mahalia Jackson Story, Downhearted Blues: The Bessie Smith Story, Harlem Suite (with Aretha Franklin), Chicago (starring as “Mama Morton”), Grease (starring as “Teen Angel”) and Black Nativity (starring as the “Angel of God”). Jennifer also reprised her role as Effie to sold-out crowds in 2007.

Over the years, Jennifer has worked with and recorded with many other major artists including Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, David Foster, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Marvin Hamlisch and Foreigner on a special version of “I Want To Know What Love Is”, The Best of Jennifer Holliday: The Millennium Collection” on Universal Records is her most recent release.

Holliday continues to perform all over the world with leading symphonies such as the Boston Pops, The National Symphony Orchestra, The San Diego Symphony and The Cincinnati Pops Symphony. She’s performed at The White House for four U.S. Presidents.

Tickets for the concert are limited and are available at 941-7888 or at www.gracietheatre com.

For more information on this release, please contact Husson University Executive Director of University Communications Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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