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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Snoop Dogg finds ‘Redemption’ in new stage musical

Snoop Dogg continues to push new boundaries with the announcement that he will be making his theatrical debut in a new stage musical, “Redemption Of A Dogg.”

The iconic entrepreneur has partnered with award-winning writer, director, producer Je’Caryous Johnson for the show which will arrive at the Microsoft Theater Nov. 16 and Long Beach’s Terrace Theatre the following night.

The production, making its debut on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s debut album, “Doggystyle,” chronicles a character built around his persona — 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.

It is set against a backdrop of the legendary rapper’s greatest hits, as well as songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, “Bible Of Love.”

“Please believe you’ve never seen urban theater like this,” Snoop said. “With my flavor and Je’Caryous’ expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it.”

“As a fan, it’s exciting and a dream come true and as a partnership this is revolutionary,” added Johnson, the producer of over 21 stage play productions including the recent touring hit “Set It Off.” “The culture of American theater is about to be redefined.”

In addition to the power duo’s involvement, “Redemption of a Dogg” will also star R&B superstar/author/TV personality Tamar Braxton. Her hit songs and fan favorites have included “Love and War,” “The One,” “If I Don’t Have You” and “My Man,” from her most recent album, “Bluebird of Happiness.” She continues to juggle her many ventures with a top-rated reality show, WE TV’s “Braxton Family Values” that has its season premiere on Aug. 16.

“Seizing the opportunity to work with an icon such as Snoop was a no-brainer,” Braxton said. “His music has touched our culture in an undeniable way and I’m grateful to take the stage with him by my side, while Je’Caryous leads the way.”

For tickets and tour dates, go to www.jecaryous.com.

CLIPPETTES: The Comedy Get Down Tour featuring Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and George Lopez arrives at the Microsoft Theater Aug. 17. Also that evening, Hiroshima with special guest Richie “Gajate” Garcia, brings its unique sound to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Kerry Washington has chosen a sci-fi drama series as her follow-up to “Scandal.” The futuristic “Old City Blues” will be shot by “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski for Hulu

Make It Last Forever with Keith Sweat, Bell Biv Devoe, Toni Tony Tone, En Vogue and Color Me Badd is at the Greek Aug. 18. Meanwhile, DJ Quik presents Rhythm-al-ism at The Novo DTLA; and Ronnie Laws, Eloise Laws, and Tom Browne jazz up Inglewood’s Miracle Theater

The two-day All My Friends festival is being held Aug. 18 & 19 at ROW DTLA with RL Grimes, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, M.I.A., Jamie XX and Armand Van Helden …

The Broadway-bound musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations” is being staged Aug. 21-Sept. 30 at the Ahmanson Theatre

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has moved up the 2019 Golden Globes Awards to air on Jan. 6 on a network to be announced

Queen Latifah and Common co-headline an Aug. 22 evening at the Hollywood Bowl.

TASTY QUIP: “Don’t come for Michael Jackson when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was. I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artists and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your one-hit wonder ass down and learn how to finish a tour.” – STEPHANIE MILLS to Sam Smith (who said he didn’t like MJ) on Instagram

MILESTONE: Little did Tasty Clips know upon arriving to see the legendary soul band Tower of Power that history was being made. The sold-out date Aug. 13 at City Winery Atlanta marked exactly the 50th anniversary of their very first concert.

Now the Bay Area brass heavy collective whose R&B staples include “What Is Hip,” “You’re Still A Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go,” and so much more, are experiencing a renaissance.

They have an impressive new album, “Soul Side of Town,” which scored them their first No. 1 album debut on the charts and a mesmerizing front man in Memphis native Marcus Scott.

Joked Emilio Castillo, who co-founded the group with Stephen “Doc” Kupka: “It took 50 years and now we’re an overnight success.”

TC ON TV: Aug. 17 – “Gringo” (Amazon): This insane comedy starring David Oyelowo as a mild-mannered businessman who gets caught up in trafficking is well worth the watch. Thandie Newton and Charlize Theron co-star. “David Tutera’s Celebrations” (WE): Ice-T & Coco. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Janet Jackson is making her first late-night talk show appearance in 14 years with the performance of her new single, “Made For Now” with Daddy Yankee.

Aug. 18 – “Duck Tales” (Disney): Believe it or not, Don Cheadle actually guest stars in this episode as the voice of Donald Duck.

Aug. 19 – “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” (SyFy): Vivica A. Fox is added for this sixth movie in the franchise. “Shades of Blue” (NBC): This is it for the Jennifer Lopez/Ray Liotta cop drama.

Aug. 20 – “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” (CBS): This year’s most watched segment is expanded and getting a primetime slot. “Great Performances” (PBS): “The Chris Botti Band in Concert” with vocalist Sy Smith. “2018 Video Music Awards” (MTV): Nicki Minaj (who just dropped a new album called “Queen”), Travis Scott, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Logic with Ryan Tedder are among the performers.

Aug. 22 – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1): The hosts get Craig Robinson and Jeannie Mai in the mood with aphrodisiacs. “Queen Sugar” (OWN): Please let Aunt Vi (and everyone for that matter) survive in this season finale. Don’t worry about more though as the Ava DuVernay produced series has been picked up for a fourth season.

TASTY QUIP: “I’m going to go back to “Wake up.” That’s been in almost all my films. Wake up. Be alert. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t go for the okey-doke. Don’t go for the shenanigans, subterfuge and skullduggery. Don’t go for it. Let’s make the best of the time we have on this earth, and not get into this hate and all this other bullsh*t.” – SPIKE LEE to Rolling Stone


As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.