I Dream (musical)
I Dream is a fully through-composed musical by Douglas Tappin (librettist, lyricist, composer) based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream is produced by Dej Mahoney, Sola Mahoney, Cedric Perrier and Tim Bowen. The world premiere opened in July 2010 on the Alliance Stage of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia and was directed by Jasmine Guy.
Original Atlanta Cast
Original Atlanta Orchestra
I Dream opened to mostly positive reviews from both the press and those involved with the Civil Rights Movement. RollingOut.com said "The life of Dr. King as chronicled in the stage musical I Dream, is right on time as a reminder of what the fight was for. The dynamically talented cast delivered stirring performances to move audience members through each riveting scene.” Creative Loafing reported that "Tappin's hugely ambitious world premiere follows the example of Broadway's big, rock-influenced musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Les Miserables." The Huffington Post stated "[The show brought] some of the heartiest former Civil Rights activists in the house to tears, before raising them to their feet at the finale for, perhaps, the greatest standing ovation the show will ever receive."
Nominated in 10 categories for Atlanta's 2009-2010 Suzi Bass Award, I Dream won in the "Outstanding World Premiere" (Play or Musical) category and, following the awards ceremony, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Howard Pousner reported of "a potential transfer of the musical to the Big Apple".
- NewsDesk, Broadway World. broadwayworld.com, May 26, 2010
- Radford, Gerald.  rollingout.com, July 10, 2010
- Holman, Curt. creativeloafing.com, July 16, 2010
- Perrier, Cedric. thehuffingtonpost.com, July 15, 2010
- Pousner, Howard. , accessatlanta.com, November 9, 2010