Ben Harney & Sheryl Lee Ralph - "When I First Saw You (Dreamgirls)"
In 1981 this show changed the landscape of American Musical Theatre. It broke barriers and it changed perceptions. It is a pivotal moment in the art form’s evolution and it will never be forgotten.
Dreamgirls, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen, was based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who become music superstars.
Staged with a mostly African-American cast and originally starring Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Obba Babatundé, the musical opened on December 20, 1981, at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. The musical was then nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. The film starred Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson.
Today I woke up with this song in my head, grateful for the dreams that are still on their way to me, and especially for those that I have already found.
So, with dreams winding their way to me, I choose Ben Harney & Sheryl Lee Ralph’s version of "When I First Saw You” from Dreamgirls as my, life has a funny way, every crooked road you’ve walked, never a straight line, song for an, inspiration comes in waves, rest and rejuvenation are vital parts of the creative process, be proud of how far you’ve come, Tuesday.