[ 2007-06-20 17:18 ]
Taylor, Jr., our manager, says we're singing behind Mr. Jimmy Early
The Dreams and The Supremes：追梦女郎与 The Supremes 合唱团
The basic plot of Dreamgirls is derived from the history of The Supremes, a
girl-group from Detroit, Michigan, which was Motown's most successful group act
during the 1960s. Effie White is a doppelg?nger for Florence Ballard, original
lead singer of the Supremes; the character's vocal stylings and personality are
based upon Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Diana Ross, who became the central
focus of the Supremes and later left the group to pursue a solo career and a
brief venture into films, is here adapted into the character of Deena Jones.
Supremes member Mary Wilson is represented by Lorrell Robinson. Curtis Taylor,
Jr., represents Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown, who pushed the Supremes
towards pop success and became romantically involved with Ross. James "Thunder"
Early is depicted as a cross between James Brown, Little Richard, Marvin Gaye,
and Jackie Wilson. C. C. White is a collective representative for The Supremes'
songwriters, who included the Holland-Dozier-Holland team and Smokey Robinson.
Michelle Morris is representative of Cindy Birdsong, Florence Ballard's
replacement in The Supremes, which was renamed "Diana Ross & the Supremes"
at the time of that line-up change.
Dreamgirls is most dissimilar from
The Supremes' story in its second act, which ends with Effie finding success as
a solo performer. In real life, Florence Ballard's solo career was unsuccessful
and the singer sank into poverty, depression, and alcoholism, dying of cardiac
arrest at the age of thirty-two in 1976, just after her career had been revived.
The play also shows inspiration from the 1976 feature film Sparkle, which itself
was inspired by The Supremes' story.
Michael Bennett, Henry Krieger, Tom Eyen, and the Dreamgirls producers denied
and downplayed the connections between the musical's plot and the Supremes' life
story, hoping to avoid legal issues from Motown Records and Diana Ross. Mary
Wilson loved Dreamgirls, and even named her first autobiography, Dreamgirl: My
Life as a Supreme, after it. Diana Ross, however, was reportedly angered by the
musical, and expressed her dislike of it in the media. Though the Deena
character mirrors Diana Ross, Sheryl Lee Ralph stands to the fact that she was
not trying to imitate Ross, but portrayed Deena in a similar yet distinct style.
George is mad about his new saxophone.
A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
Don't let Mary's troubles get you down.