Demetria McKinney to Join Jennifer Holiday in DREAMGIRLS at the MUNY

Well I will definitely have not only a drink to this news, but I think a TOAST is in order. Check out what was reported in the Broadway World News in St Louis 

This summer, original ‘Effie,’ Jennifer Holliday will return to DREAMGIRLS, playing the role at the MUNY in St. Louis. According the the MUNY’s official websiteDemetria McKinney to play the role as Deena, Milton Craig Nealy will star as Jimmy, Jenelle Lynn Randall as Lorrell, Muny veteran Ken Page as Marty, Christopher Jackson as Curtis, Karla Mosely as Michelle, and Tommar Wilsonas C.C.

DREAMGIRLS opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. The show was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, winning six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006, starring Hudson, Beyonce, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy and more.

Dreamgirls features a blockbuster score and the landmark song “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” with book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, and music by Henry Krieger.

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SMILEY and Veteran TV producer/director ROGER BOBB have teamed up to Create “THE RICKEY SMILEY SHOW” for TV

Rickey Smiley Signs a New Deal with Radio One. This is definitely news that causes for a 3 drink minimum celebration. We need to find out the story behind this Maritini Moment! How many Martinis to you think Rickey Smiley needed when he got this news?  Check out the details as reported by All Access Music

THE RICKEY SMILEY MORNING SHOW has signed a brand new deal with RADIO ONE, and simultaneously announced big TV news, being picked up by FOX TV’s DISH NATION and partnering with TV ONE to develop a new sitcom for the network.

SMILEY and veteran TV producer/director ROGER BOBB have teamed up to create, THE RICKEY SMILEY SHOW, currently in production in ATLANTA. It will debut this FALL on TV ONE as a weekly sitcom.

RADIO ONE CEO and TV ONE Chairman ALFRED LIGGINS remarked, “RADIO ONE and TV ONE are huge believers in investing in quality content. RICKEY SMILEY represents a significant multi-media talent and our enhanced backing and long-term investment in his brand represents a commitment we believe is core to our companies’ future strategy. RICKEY SMILEY is not only a current star, but he is one of the fastest growing entertainment brands in any media today.”

SYNDICATION ONE Pres. GARY BERNSTEIN added, “When you combine RICKEY’s hugely successful radio brand with these two massive TV properties, it is going to be truly groundbreaking tracking the growth when millions of new fans catch on to RICKEY.”

Congrats to Roger Bobb and Rickey Smiley! I will definitely drink to that!