TV One is gearing up to present the film adaptation of Donald B. Welch’s  inspirational stage play, The Lost Souls Café, on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. ET.  The music drama will star Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Kiki Haynes (For Better or Worse) and Ernest L. Thomas (What’s Happening!!).

The Lost Souls Café is about a savvy woman who decides to capitalize on the fame of her music days by owning a restaurant where she also showcases music that should be kept alive for future enjoyment. The production has toured the country, generating acclaim from critics and fans alike. In Los Angeles the legendary Stevie Wonder was so moved that he took to the stage for an impromptu musical performance, to the surprise of the audience and cast.

The film is produced for TV One in partnership with Chuck West for Octet Group, and is directed by Donald Welch.

“This particular character of Geneva is attractive and desirable and doesn’t have to be a size 2 to be considered sexy,” said Welch. “Loretta knows that when I write something with her in mind it is going to be fun and challenging and something that she’s never played before. I see Loretta as a chameleon and there is not a role that she can’t play.”

Devine has starred in countless television series’ over the course of two decades.  She starred in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011 or her recurring role as Adele Webber on the Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy.  In addition to her television roles, she is known for her classic roles in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, Woman Thou Art Loosed, For Colored Girls, This Christmas and Jumping the Broom.  She currently plays Cynthia Carmichael on the NBC comedy The Carmichael Show.



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