By Sandra Varner
The television World Premiere of the stage production “Love Me or Leave Me” debuts Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) with encores that night at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
“Love Me or Leave Me” is a musical stage play in the traditional style, a family friendly plot and laugh tracks. Cynthia Wyatt (Angela Evans) is a troubled teen who abandons her fraternal twin infants, leaving her own mother Annie Wyatt (Shirley Murdock) to raise the children.
Now, 25 years later, one of the twins, Josephine Wyatt (Elise Neal), is an attorney who is engaged to the man of her dreams, Justin Daniels (Christian Keyes). Cynthia returns to the scene to reclaim her place in her children’s lives.
Will she be accepted? What made her leave in the first place?
The play also stars Clifton Powell, Carl Anthony Payne II, Terrell Carter and Terri J. Vaughn. “Love Me or Leave Me is a great fit for our network,” said Leslie Chesloff, executive vice president, programming. “It is a very engaging play with powerful music and drama that centers on family values and love. We are proud to bring it to our viewers.”
“Love Me or Leave Me” was written by John Ruffin, whose writing credits include: I Won’t Go Back; It’s Too Good To Be True; We’re Dreaming of You, Selena; Love Me and Leave Me; The Other Woman; All for Love; No More Sheets; and Mr. Right Now or Mr. Wrong Later. Ruffin also directed and produced a bi-weekly variety show, Gospeltime, Live At The Legacy.
GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is reported as being the fastest-growing network in television and is the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research). GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
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