Queen Latifah both stars in and executive produces the Lifetime television movie version of Steel Magnolias, based on the play and 1989 movie. For those of you who have never seen Steel Magnolias, here is the plot summary:
Steel Magnolias chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children - and hair and nails - all the important topics that truly unite and celebrate women.The cast of the Lifetime Movie includes:
- Queen Latifah as M'Lynn
- Phylicia Rashad as Clairee
- Alfre Woodard as Ouiser
- Adepero Oduye as Annelle
- Condola Rashad as Shelby
- Jill Scott as Truvy
Since the Lifetime Movie version of Steel Magnolias is airing on TV, commercials necessitated that cuts had to be made to the original script. However, I think that the cuts actually improved the movie as it removed scenes that were always my least favorite (i.e. the Easter scene at the end) and tightened a few others.
The cast is fantastic. I had seen Condola Rashad in her Tony nominated performance in Stick Fly so I wasn't surprised by her amazing rendition of Shelby. And with actresses such as Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad and Alfree Woodard, how could the ensemble do anything other than shine?
The world-premiere of this Lifetime Original Movie Event, Steel Magnolias, is set to debut Sunday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Make sure you have your tissues ready. You will need them.
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