Dreamgirls follows the story of an African-American all-girl singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams" and gives a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry. At first, the Dreams' manager falls in love with the lead singer, Effie. Later, he abandons her, both romantically, and professionally, replacing her with someone thinner. Eventually, Effie manages to recover from the blow and builds a successful career by going solo. In the end, during the group's farewell appearance, Effie is reunited with the Dreams, resulting in a happy ending for all.