Dreamgirls in Concert

Sometimes more is definitely less. The original 1982 Geffen cast album of Dreamgirls deftly moved from one show-stopper to another.

Sometimes more is definitely less. The original 1982 Geffen cast album of Dreamgirls deftly moved from one show-stopper to another. A new two-disc recording from a benefit concert staged last year gives listeners pretty much everything, including numbers intended as underscoring. Plucked from Michael Bennett's eye-popping original production, much of the music by Tom Eyen and Harvey Krieger lacks sparkle. The performances (by some of Broadway's brightest stars) sometimes overwhelm the material. As the lead singer of a Supremes-like girl group called the Dreams, Audra McDonald (Ragtime) doesn't manage to sound much like Diana Ross. Heather Headley (Aida) is wasted in a small role. Save some time and skip to where Lillias White (The Life) sizzles with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Am Changing."—MS