Among the list of the many musical and teen dramas out there, we now have ‘Star’, a show created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. The story is about three talented teenage singers who navigate the complicated and ruthless music industry in a bid to achieve their dream of becoming professional singers. This show, which has an original soundtrack, is for music lovers who like a pinch of drama. The show is produced by Michelle Fowler and was originally aired on Fox on December 14, 2016. Later, on February 22, 2017, Fox renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on September 27, 2017. A year later, on September 26, 2018, Fox released the third season of this popular show – a season that is yet to see its conclusion.
Star Cast: Who is in it?
‘Star’ is basically a teen musical show which revolves around three teens with dreams of musical glory. In the show, Jude Demorest takes up the role of the titular character, Star Davis, an 18-year-old orphan who leaves her foster home in Pittsburgh to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer. With a strong urge to carve out a career in the music industry, Star eventually forms a professional R&B/Pop band, Take 3. The group consists of her half-sister Simone Davis, and her friend Alexandra Crane. Brittany O’Grady plays the role of Star’s younger half-sister, 16-year-old Simone. Star rescues Simone from sexual abuse at the hands of the latter’s foster father, and the sister duo flee Pittsburgh to pursue their dreams in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, Ryan Destiny plays the role of Star’s Instagram friend and muse, 19-year-old Alexandra aka Alex. Born into a wealthy family in New York, Alex, too, joins Star and Simone in their quest to become singers, as she looks to escape the shadow of her controlling parents.
The story is primarily about these three characters and revolves around the creation and progress of their musical act, Big Trouble, which later goes on to be called Take 3. Other characters who get considerable screen time are Carlotta Brown (played by Queen Latifah), Carlotta’s trans daughter Cotton (played by Amiyah Scott), Derek (played by Quincy Brown), Miss Bruce (played by Miss Lawrence), and Jahil Rivera (played by Benjamin Bratt).
Amiyah Scott, however, deserves a special mention. When ‘Star’ first premiered, Scott scripted history by becoming the third openly transgender person to play a major transgender character (Cotton) in an American scripted TV show. Laverne Cox from ‘Orange is the New Black’ and Jamie Clayton from ‘Sense8’ are the only two people to have achieved this feat apart from Scott.
Star Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Star’ revolves around aspiring singers Star and Simone, and singer/songwriter Alex, and their journey towards musical stardom. While Star and Simone come from a background of hardship, Alex leaves behind her sheltered life of comfort. Together, the trio embark on a journey to fulfill their dreams and make it big in the music industry.