Powerhouse singer Jennifer Holliday will return to the Atlanta stage this summer in “Dreamgirls” as part of the Theater of the Stars’ 2013-2014 season.
Holliday, who lives in Atlanta, established herself as a Broadway presence in the early ‘80s playing Effie in the musical, the role for which she won a Tony Award and is still best known. “Dreamgirls” last played Atlanta in 2010, but Holliday’s previous performance in the role was in 2007. She’ll portray Effie only in the Atlanta production and at Wolf Trap in northern Virginia.
“Dreamgirls” heads to the Fox Theatre Aug. 2-11.
Also of musical note in the TOTS season announcement is the 25th anniversary tour of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” The jukebox musical – which can be credited for starting that craze – includes plenty of Holly hits, such as “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll be the Day.”
That show rolls into the Fox July 9-14.
Also on the schedule: “Cats,” July 23-28; “Anything Goes,” Aug. 20-25; “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Jan. 10-20, 2014; and an add-on for season ticket holders with “Stomp,” Sept. 23-29.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 404-252-8960 or visiting www.theaterofthestars.com.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene