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Conquering Broadway And MS

Beth Lipoff

Jennifer Holliday, the original "Dreamgirl," has known a lot of good times and some rough ones, too. 

She became a star on Broadway in the production of Dreamgirls, but in the years since, she's depression and faced an ongoing struggle with multiple sclerosis.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with her about about her music, her life and why they call her “The Queen of Broadway Gospel.”


  • Jennifer Holliday, Grammy and Tony award-winning singer


Jennifer Holliday will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. on Wednesday February 26 for the MS Society’s On the Move Luncheon at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for On The Move are available at www.msmidamerica.org, by calling 913-432-3926, or at the door.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.