Four-time Grammy award nominee Eric Benet has been announced along with the full cast for Redemption of a Dogg, a theatrical show loosely based on Snoop Dogg’s life. Benet will play will make his theatrical stage debut and play the role of Terrence, Snoop Dogg’s manager who eventually becomes inappropriately linked to Snoop’s wife. The play was produced, written and directed by Je’Caryous Johnson.
Actress and singer Demetria McKinney will take the stage in the role of Shani, Snoop Dogg’s wife, while actor Omar Gooding will appear 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 previously announced cast Snoop Dogg and Tamar Braxton.
“Tamar‘s portrayal of ‘The Angel’ in this production is simply brilliant!” said Benet in a release. “I don’t think the stage has ever seen an Angel with so much personality, realness and life. Tamar is truly a joy to work with! The only thing that surpasses Snoop’s icon status is his professionalism and his talent. Snoop really makes the whole cast raise their game. I’m truly blessed to be a part of this incredible production that has been masterfully crafted and directed by Je’Caryous…with such meaningful messages of life redemption and the power of faith.”
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. The play 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.
“Audiences will not be ready for what this show is going to give them,” said Johnson in a release. “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.”
Additional cast members include actor and comedian Billy Sorrells, actor Vincent Ward, entertainer and actor Michael Strong, 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 is set against a backdrop of Snoop Dogg’s greatest hits, as well as, songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, Bible Of Love. The show will also include musical favorites and numbers from Tamar Braxton and Eric Benet, as well as original numbers penned by Johnson and the production’s musical director, Donnie “D-Major” Boynton. The show will visit 10 cities for its limited engagement tour.
The Redemption of A Dogg Tour Schedule:
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