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Step aside Glee, there’s a new musical series in town. Created by Tom Donaghy and Lee Daniels, the same man who brought us the FOX series Empire, Star is a musical drama that promises to have us all singing along and dancing from start to finish. The series made a solid premier on December 14, and viewers are already hooked on its three talented stars, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany O’Grady. Before the show is set to return on January 4, catch up on all the facts by reading our list of 10 things you need to know about Star.

1. The Premise

Two orphaned sisters, Star (Jude Demorest), and Simone (Brittany O’Grady), escape their abusive foster-care homes and join forces with Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), to form a girl group. They move to Atlanta and crash on Star and Simone’s godmother’s couch, while they try to make their musical dreams come true.

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2. It Was Inspired by Dreamgirls

Co-creator Lee Daniels stole his mom’s Cadillac Eldorado, drove from Philadelphia to New York City, and snuck into the Broadway musical Dreamgirls when he was just 16-years-old. Daniels said the performance was so captivating, that it changed his entire life. When he set out to create Star, he envisioned a program that would be just as enchanting as Dreamgirls. In an interview with USA Today, Daniels stated, “I wanted people today to feel the same way that I felt when I saw Dreamgirls for the first time.”


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