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Donica Lynn, Candace C. Edwards, Katherine Thomas, Evan Tyrone Martin and More Set for Porchlight Music Theatre’s ‘Dreamgirls’, April 8 – May 15

Donica Lynn as Effie Melody White in 'Dreamgirls'.

Donica Lynn as Effie Melody White in ‘Dreamgirls’.

Porchlight Music Theatre is presenting Dreamgirls, the Henry Krieger musical about a ’60s female singing group and the cost of their growing fame, April 8 – May 15, 2016. All Porchlight mainstage productions take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, Il. Check out porchlightmusictheatre.org or  call 773.777.9884 for tickets and more information.

Donica Lynn will star as Effie Melody White, a role made famous by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in 1981 and by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film. Candace C. Edwards as Deena Jones and Katherine Thomas as Lorrell Robinson will complete the trio. Evan Tyrone Martin will play Curtis Taylor Jr.

The cast also includes Caleb Baze, Michelle Bester, Dawn Bless, Kyrie Courter, Gilbert Domally, Jared Grant, Matthew Hunter, Reneisha Jenkins, J. Michael Jones, Eric Lewis, Andrew Malone, Brian Nelson Jr., Trequon Tate and Cherise Thomas.

Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier will direct and choreograph Dreamgirls, with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck. Chris Carter is the associate choreographer.

Previews: Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night: Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Weekday Matinee: Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.
There is no Thursday 7:30 p.m. performance April 14 and May 5.

Donica Lynn’s theatre credits include Victory Gardens Ignition Festival (Confessions of a P.I.M.P.- written by/performed w/two time Tony Nominee Andre’ Robin de Shields) Porchlight (Gatecrashers, Chicago Sings Disney, Chicago Sings Motown) Mercury Theater (Color Purple, Barnum) Goodman ( Lady In Denmark, Crowns-us, Ain’t Misbehavin-us) Drury Lane Oakbrook (Hairspray, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie) Chicago Opera Theater (Queenie Pie) Marriott Lincolnshire (Once on This Island, Suessical) Paramount (Hair, Broadway Holidays) About Face Theatre (When Last We Flew) Court Theatre (Caroline or Change) Timeline (Fiorello, Step Into Time) Congo Square (Black Nativity, Sanctified, Holiday Cabaret), ETA Creative Arts (This Far By Faith, Runaway Home) She is the recipient of 2 Black Theatre Alliance Award nominations & 1 Black Excellence nomination, also winner of the 2014 Beauty In Beauty Out Tour BiBo /C.H.A.M.P. Community Project Reflection Award. Ms. Lynn is an Alumni member of both Chicago’s All-City Youth Choir & Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago. She can be heard on the recordings of Ramsey Lewis (Dance of the Soul CD) Two #1 dance club singles UK (Shout, Keep Rockin) Justin Roberts (Lullaby CD) Calvin Bridges (So Easy To Love CD) Cory Goodrich (I Am Woman CD). She’s either performed, toured, or lent supporting background vocals to artists ranging from Rahsaan Patterson, Natalie Cole, New Kids on the Block, Aretha Franklin, Tammy McCann, Gladys Knight, to Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder. Her television credits include Chicago Fire (Season 4 premiere “Let It Burn” ) Ms. Lynn lives strong as a 3x brain tumor/cancer survivor, Actors Equity &AGMA member, mother of three (20yrs, 14 yrs,9yrs) & fiancée to THE love of her life Kipp. hope.abta.org/songbirdblu

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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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