(1981) She acted in Henry Krieger's musical, "Dreamgirls," at the Broadway
Theatre on Broadway
in New York City with Obba Babatunde, Cleavant Derricks, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, and Sheryl Lee Ralph in the cast. Michael Bennett was director.
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Twenty years ago when I was in 'Dreamgirls,' I was always a joke because I was huge. I went out once to a birthday gathering for me, and the New York Post wrote that I had broken the chair because I was so big. Well, I didn't break the chair; it was just really wobbly. But the humiliation was terrible." "Even after I lost weight, I was still the same person.
"Dreamgirls" earned her not only a Tony, but Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards; she also won a Grammy Award for her recorded version of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".