Drama and music in the premiere of ‘Star’

If you love drama and music and more drama set to music — you’re gonna love tonight. That’s because “Star” premieres and it’s gonna hit a high note with fans.

Powerhouse voices and a powerhouse cast are leading TV’s next big hit: “Star.”

From Lee Daniels — you know, the guy who brought us “Empire” — this musical drama follows three talented, but troubled girls in their quest for fame and fortune.

Lee Daniels: “Where ‘Empire’ was really about my family, this is about me leaving my family and coming to Hollywood and doing some of things I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve done to get to where I’m at.”

“Star” has a lot of new, young talent working alongside super star veterans including Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Benjamin Bratt as a talent agent looking for the next big thing.

And Bratt told us this morning — his young co-stars had to learn quick and are definitely the real deal.

Benjamin Bratt: “The faces on these girls, they looked like babes in the woods, you know, a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit lost perhaps, and they’re stone cold veterans now.”

Queen Latifah says she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to star in the series.

Queen Latifah: “Absolutely a no brainer with Lee, no brainer with the concept of the show. ”

And just when you think the cast can’t get any hotter…

Lenny Kravitz (as Roland Crane): “You haven’t even begun to understand what you’re doing.”

Lenny Kravitz plays a successful musician whose daughter is trying to make it in the music world.

Lenny Kravitz: “The character of Roland Crane is nothing new me. We are musicians, but he is not supportive of what his daughter is doing.”

And just like “Empire,” this series is edgy and topical.

Benjamin Bratt: “It’s a Lee Daniels show, so if any of your viewers are familiar with ‘Empire’ at all, they’re going to get something very similar.”

Queen Latifah: “It’s real, and rather than avoid things trying to be politically correct, let’s deal with them. ”

“Star” debuts tonight at 9 p.m., right after the fall finale of “Empire.”

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