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Dreamgirls's Heavyweight Champs

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[posted by Sheigh Crabtree]

I just got back from a "Dreamgirls" screening at DGA here in New York. The crowd really enjoyed it -- broke into enthusiastic applause during "And I'm Telling You." But I did listen in on a heated argument between two Broadway aficianados in the lobby afterward comparing the talents of Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday who very memorably played Effie on stage. One guy was arguing that Hudson was doing a poor woman's Aretha Franklin imitation and that Holliday is a superior talent. The other guy said that Holliday was not "more original" since she was impersonating Mahalia Jackson. Below I posted Holliday singing "And I'm Telling You" at the '82 Tonys. See both renditions and decide for yourself. (Scrub through to 3:33 for just Holliday)

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