An inspirational journey through American pop music, “Dreamgirls” chronicles the rise of a fictional Motown group—The Dreams—from obscurity to superstardom. Through gospel, R&B, pop, disco and more, the show explores themes of ambition, hope and betrayal, all set in the glamorous and competitive world of the music industry. Music is by Henry Krieger, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. “Dreamgirls” opened in December 1981 at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. It was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won six. In 2006 it was adapted into a movie starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson. “Dreamgirls” is a musical about women dreaming big, working hard and singing their way into the heart and soul of America, even as race, gender and – for lead character Effie – body image are barriers to their eventual success. The show’s many memorable numbers include “Dreamgirls,” “One Night Only,” “When I First Saw You,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “Cadillac Car,” and “Steppin’ to the Bad Side.” Presenting sponsors are Dr. Phil and Suzan Gaynes. This show is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. Performances take place in WBTT’s Donelly Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota) from February 22-April 9; showtimes are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50/adults, $20/students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.