Redemption of a Dogg tours ten cities this fall
The cast for Redemption of a Dogg, the musical set against the backdrop of some of rapper Snoop Dogg’s greatest hits, has been unveiled. The playwright was written, directed and produced by NAACP award winning playwrite Je’Caryous Johnson.
The play stars Snoop and Tamar Braxton, who will be guiding the rapper along his life’s journey as “The Angel” and serving him up witty what you need to do moments as only her incredibly talented musical presence and personality can do. Braxton is the voice of women everywhere who want their man to treat them right and do right.
Also joining the cast is four-time Grammy Award Nominee Eric Benet — who’s hit songs include “Spend My Life With You,” “You’re The Only One,” “Sometimes I Cry,” — making his theatrical stage debut and play the role of Terrence, Snoop Dogg’s manager who ultimately starts managing Snoop’s life in more ways than one. Actress and singer Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Saints and Sinners, Superstition) plays the role of Shani, Snoop Dogg’s wife. Actor Omar Gooding (Baby Boy, Bounce’s Family Time, Smart Guy and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper) appears as Ray Boogie, Snoop Dogg’s DJ and long-time friend and producer. Rounding out the principal cast is actor and comedian James “Lil’ JJ” Lewis who will take on the iconic role of Young Snoop opposite the Snoop and Braxton.
“Audiences will not be ready for what this show is going to give them,” states Johnson. “This will be unlike anything urban theatre audiences have seen. Think of merging some of the best moments of Cirque Du Soleil, Preacher’s Wife, Straight Outta Compton and Back to The Future all into one. It will be one of the most moving, visually stimulating, dramatic and musically charged shows they have seen with some of the most talented, iconic musical stars of our time. They can’t afford to miss this show. “
Other cast members rounding out the ensemble are actor and comedian Billy Sorrells (MTV’s Wild ‘N Out), actor Vincent Ward (The Starter Wife, The Walking Dead), entertainer and actor Michael Strong (Vivica’s Black Magic), actresses and singers Skye Griffin and LaToya London from the first ever touring Broadway company of The Color Purple and American Idol fame.
Redemption Of A Dogg chronicles a character built around the persona of entertainment icon Snoop Dogg -a multi-faceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God. Redemption Of A Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family.
Besides Snoop Dogg’s music, the show will include musical favorites and numbers from Braxton and Benet, as well as original numbers penned from the hands of Johnson and the production’s musical director, Donnie “D-Major” Boynton. In addition to the high energy, emotionally captivating musical numbers, the show will also have some high flying stunts, action sequences and surprise reveals that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. There will also be special guests and VIP Friends that will appear in cities across the tour.
Redemption of a Dogg will visit ten cities across the country during its exclusive limited engagement tour including:
October 5-October 7 – Hobby Center – Houston, TX
October 19 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre formerly Peabody Opera House
October 20-Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theater
October 25 – October 27- Detroit , MI – The Music Hall
October 28 – Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre
November 8 – Norfolk, VA -Chrysler Hall
November 9– November 11 -Washington, DC – The Warner Theatre
November 16- Los Angeles, CA -Microsoft Theater
November 17 -Long Beach, CA -Terrace Theater
November 18– Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Author: Buddy Iahn
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