A new kind of "Steel Magnolias"

Posted on August 22, 2012 

Even before the Springer Opera House presents Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias" next January, the Lifetime network will present the television adaptation of the play.

And you'll never guess who's going to be in it.

The television premiere is 9 p.m. Oct. 7. Check your cable provider for the channel.

Queen Latifah is M'Lynn and is also the film's producer. Phylicia Rashad is Clairee; Alfre Woodard is Ouiser; Jill Scott is Truvy; Adepero Oduye is Annelle and Condola Rashad is Shelby. Condola is the daughter of Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad.

Wow! The 1989 movie starred Sally Field as M'Lynn, Olympia Dukakis as Clairee, Shirley MacLaineas Ouiser, Dolly Parton as Truvy, Daryl Hannah as Annelle and Julia Roberts Shelby.

"The caliber of talent we have for this film is astounding," said Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc in a statement. "Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage – and we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling's poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation."

Kenny Leon is the director. You know Kenny, who was the artistic director of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, right? He's now directing shows on Broadway, and has directed two films, "The Mountaintop" and "Stick Fly," which starred Condola Rashad.

Harling's script has been adapted by Sally Robinson, who wrote "Iron Jawed Angels" for HBO.

It's about six women, living in Louisiana, who support each other through life's ups and downs. They all meet in Truvy's beauty salon. I like the play; I liked the movie.

Do you think I'll watch this version?

You bet!

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