Bill Condon's screenplay for CHICAGO (2002) wrestled the notoriously thorny Bob Fosse show into filmable form, and his reward was Dreamgirls
. And if his adaptation of the fabled Michael Bennett spectacle falls short of greatness, it's still very, very good. The plot is a thinly veiled gloss on the rocky rise of girl-group superstars The Supremes, wrapped in a cautionary tale about selling your soul (and your funk and rhythm and blues) to the Devil.
It opens in a backstage whirl of 1960s fringe and flutter, as the bouncy, gifted Dreamettes — longtime friends Deena Jones (Beyonce), Effie White (first-time actress Jennifer Hudson) and Lorell Robinson (A...