Sparkle, inspired by The Supremes, is a remake of the 1976 film by the same name. It is scheduled to hit theaters August 17th.
1943 film starring the late Lena Horne, Cabin in the Sky.
The 1954 film, Carmen Jones, starring Dorothy Dandridge.
Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge co-starred in 1959′s Porgy and Bess, although both their singing voices were dubbed.
1978 musical starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, The Wiz.
1984′s Purple Rain, starring Prince
The 1988 Spike Lee film, School Daze.
The 1991 film, The Five Heartbeats
Sister Act II, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill, opened in 1993, just one year after the original Sister Act.
Loosely based on the life of Tina Turner, What’s Love Got to Do With It opened in 1993.
2006′s Dreamgirls, starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, and Jamie Foxx.
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Sparkle, the story of three sisters who form a group (eerily similar to The Supremes) and become famous Motown-like artists, is set to hit theaters August 17th. The star-packed cast includes Jordan Sparks, Cee-Lo Green, Mike Epps and Whitney Houston in her final acting role.
Sparkle is Houston’s final on-screen performance after her tragic death this past February.
The upcoming musical, inspired theGrio to put together this slideshow of our favorite black musicals from the past.
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