The New Edition Story, 2017
Signed up the 07/06/2017
It was the good, the bad and the ugly. Well that was what I got when I managed to watch the BET biopic miniseries depicting the life and times of the beloved R&B boy band, New Edition. Now, I’m going to be honest when I say this: Before watching the miniseries, I had no idea who New Edition were. I caught a glimpse of their performance during the 2017 BET awards and I figured out that they were musicians who have been in the music industry for 30 years. Had I known anything about them before that? No, no I haven’t. Was I intrigued by their performance? Yes, yes, I was. Thus, began my quest on discovery who the New Edition band was and how they came to be.
The New Edition Story is a biographical three-part miniseries about New Edition depicting their rise to fame as a boy band from the projects to becoming a successful adult act. The series was written by Abdul Williams, directed by Chris Robinson and co-produced by all six members of New Edition.
The series featured Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown, Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael Bivins, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Keith Powers as Ronnie DeVoe and Luke James as Johnny Gill. Additionally, in the first part of the series, a young version of the members was featured with Jahi Di’Allo as Young Ralph, Tyler Marcel Williams as Young Bobby, Dante Hoagland as Young Michael, Caleb McLaughlin as Young Ricky and Myles Truitt as Young Ronnie.
Now that all the formalities are out of the way, the real review starts (and the crowd goes wild!):
The miniseries is the embodiment of #BlackBoyJoy. That to me was a pull factor. Who wouldn’t want to see a group of talented black boys act in a series that doesn’t depict them as thugs or doomed to always be a commercial stereotype despite how hard they worked? I know I would. Despite the numerous trials and tribulations we witnessed the members go through over the course of the series, their brotherhood remained intact throughout the years.
The casting was spot-on. From the young cast to the adult cast (From physical resemblance to vocal similarities down to their mannerisms) it couldn’t have been more perfect.
The younger cast set the bar of the show and they set the bar high. I’m usually a sceptic when it comes to young actors and I tend to shy away from their performances but I was glad I was proven wrong when it came to their performance. The show wouldn’t be what it is now had it not been for the younger cast.
The miniseries took a different route by having all the actors remake all the boy band’s hit songs using their own vocals in the show instead of lip-syncing the original songs. It gave the show an authentic feel that was appreciated by die-hard fans and new fans alike and it also gave the actors who have a musical background a place to showcase their talent like singers Algee Smith and Luke James.
The show gave us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To put it into perspective, Bobby Brown’s bad boy persona that was often depicted in tabloid magazines was literally the tip of the iceberg. The group kept up their appearances on stage but off stage it was a different ball game. From having to deal with bad contracts with labels to having to deal with management that cared more about the artwork instead of the actual artists.
All in all, the show is a must watch for anyone who is interested in getting to know the boy band. You won’t be disappointed at all. The series was done perfectly. Although the hair and makeup was laughable at times but apart from that, it is an incredible series.
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