Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike.
New Edition was the soundtrack of a generation. 80’s babies still jam to “Cool It Now,” “Candy Girl,” and “Mr. Telephone Man,” embarrassing their kids on the way to school.
BET is helping us relive the era with the New Edition Story, starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00pmEST. Headed by producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood, Soul Train Awards) and award winning director Chris Robinson (ATL), the three night event stars
Luke James as Johnny Gill, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Empire’s Bryshere Gray as Michael Bivins, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, and Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe.
“I want people to see the sacrifices that [Tresvant] made,” Smith says. “It was New Edition against the corrupt business, and they came through it. They all stayed as brothers.”
Producer Jesse Collins says he came up with the idea for the film after working with the iconic group for BET’s 25th anniversary show. “I grew up a fan just like everyone else,” said Collins. ““They were very cautious. They only get one shot at doing this and it was about finding the right script, the right producer and the right time to put their business in the street. They wanted to tell the real story of their relationship. They didn’t want to sugarcoat it.”
Spanning the group’s humble beginnings in Boston’s Orchard Park projects to their meteoric rise to fame, The New Edition Story gives viewers an in depth look at the group’s, drug use, money problems, and departure of Bobby Brown–giving rise to New Jack Swing and the birth of Bell, Biv, Devoe.
After watching a screening of the film at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in December, Bobby Brown was emotional.
“I was sitting in the chair over here and got a little crying on,” Brown said during the screening’s Q&A. “Watching and being alive to be able to see what my life was and has become and where my life is going from this point on? It’s special, man. These kids put their hearts and souls into this, just like we put our hearts and souls into our lives.”
Dance along in your living room starting Tuesday at 9pm!