One of the main points of conflict in the musical is the one between Marty and Curtis as they both claim patronage of Dreamettes. The two men who played a key role in the rising stardom of the all-female pop band act possessively toward their protégés. They both believe that they have earned some unarticulated right over the members of the Dreamettes. This leads to the instances of intimacy between Curtis and Effie, and also between Jimmy and Lorrell. The rising tension between the two men is eventually dissipated when Marty resigns as Jimmy’s manager, which paves way for Curtis to take over.
3) Identify and discuss briefly a character driven musical number from the show. Remember character numbers reveal/tell us something about the person or show us how they have changed or where they are on their journey.
One of the poignant musical numbers is the one sung by Effie titled ‘And I am Telling You I’m Not Going’. It is addressed mainly toward Curtis, but more generally toward the group and the world-at-large. After having been expelled from the group Deena Jones and the Dreams, the heart-broken Effie is not one to take it lying down. She shows that she is a resolute person willing to do whatever it takes to earn her place back in the group. Through the song we learn how Effie is strong-willed and has a fighting spirit. But eventually, she is unable to overpower the forces of cut-throat competition prevalent in the world of showbiz.
‘Cadillac Car’, which appears more than once during the musical is a plot driven number. Being the first song of the all-black female pop group (Dreamettes), the image of the Cadillac represents their newfound liberty and success. Instead of setting out in detail the group’s rise from obscurity to popularity the image and the lyrics are used symbolically. The exhilarating fast ride in a Cadillac is equated