After watching Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson belt it out on the big screen, it’s hard to imagine the stage version of Dreamgirls (its original medium) would have even an inkling of the same powerhouse delivery. But since the show’s debut in 1981 (which won about a million awards), Dreamgirls has been a smash hit for theater lovers, each incarnation brimming with glitz and drama. Following the rise of a musical group in the ‘60s, this story demands actresses with the best pipes in the business. Coming to the Center this week, the songbirds who nabbed the coveted roles are Moya Angela as Effie White, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones and Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson. Beyoncé better watch out.

April 20-23, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 24, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; April 27-30, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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