Ensemble Theatre hosts screening of Lee Daniels new series “Star”

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(Last Updated On: November 19, 2016)

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Fans of the EMPIRE television series will have a new source of drama, intrigue and entertainment to tune into as Lee Daniels prepares for the release of his new musical drama series, “Star.”

An invitation-only advance  screening was held at the Ensemble Theatre on Friday night, hosted by Johnathan Martin of Fox 26.  The event kicked off with a red carpet featuring VIP guests, including cast members of Housewives of Medicine, The Walls Group, Yolanda Adams Show executive producer, Marcus “Montana” Ecby, JMac of 97.9 The Box, KG Smooth of Majic 102.1, Musicians’ Wives of Houston, Sylvester Turner Press Secretary, Darian Ward, and many more.

An”edgy” musical drama, “STAR” centers around a group of talented young singers whose ambitions of stardom unite them as they navigate the cut-throat music business.

Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, the emotionally powerful drama stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) as Carlotta and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) as Jahil. Newcomers Jude Demorest as Star, Ryan Destiny as Alexandra, Brittany O’Grady as Simone and Amiyah Scott as Cotton also make up the ensemble cast. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson (“2 Fast 2 Furious”).

The screening gave audience members a sneak peak of more of the raw emotions and drama fans have come to expect from Daniels as he unfolds the story of a girl group whose passion for stardom drives them from the pain and drama of their pasts.  Despite their newcomer status in the industry, Demorest, O’Grady, Destiny and Scott, shone in their roles as members of this conflicted girl group as the series opener raises the curtain on their story.

Stay tuned for a special preview of the new show on Wednesday, Dec. 14 after Empire’s fall finale at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown also serve as executive producers. Chuck Pratt is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series. “Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.

Ensemble Theatre hosts screening of Lee Daniels new series “Star”