Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early 70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women – Effie, Deena and Lorrell aka The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambiguous manager named Curtis Taylor Jr, who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the backing singers for headliner James 'Thunder' Early. Curtis gradually takes control of the girls, giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Success will come, but is the price too high?