If you don't like musicals, I'm not sure that Dreamgirls will be the one to change your mind. If you do like musicals – even in a small way – by all means, see this one. Dreamgirls is a musical lover's paradise.

Directed with energy and a love of the stage by Bill Condon (writer of Chicago ), Dreamgirls tells the thinly veiled story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, the rise and fall of the quintessential girl group.

All of the actors do a tremendous job of singing and acting including Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and for my money, the underrated Beyonce Knowles. Knowles unselfishly dims her star wattage, letting her character, Deena, recede into the background, while Hudson's Effie steals the show.

Both the character of Effie and Deena get a chance to shine in Dreamgirls with their stories taking place through different eras, while growing and adapting to their shifting circumstances. They transform right before our eyes. And of course, when Hudson sings the showstopper, “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” she makes you go weak in the knees.

Like Little Children , Dreamgirls illustrates the tension between getting what you want and getting what you need. In the case of both, getting what you want can end up being your downfall. Redemption can be found in getting what you need.

Extras: Exclusive Jennifer Hudson performance, 12 extended and alternate scenes, screen test and audition footage and “Listen” music video by Beyoncé Knowles.

Grade: A