Keke Palmer and Max Schneider Lead Musical Movie RAGS on Nickelodeon, 5/28
Nickelodeon premieres the new original TV movie, Rags, on Monday, May 28, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Set against a New York City backdrop, this music-infused contemporary twist on the classic Cinderella tale stars Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP, Akeelah and the Bee) as international pop princess, Kadee Worth and Max Schneider (How to Rock) as an orphan and aspiring singer, Charlie Prince. Beginning May 22, the RagsSoundtrack, featuring nine songs from the movie and three bonus songs, will be available via all digital service providers. Rags is executive produced by Nick Cannon, directed by Bille Woodruff (Honey, Beauty Shop),with original music written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (American Idol, Lady Gaga, Beyonce). Palmer also serves as producer.
"Rags is a fresh take on a classic story and delivers a relevant message about finding your true voice," says Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's President, Development and Original Programming. "The movie features two super-engaging stars in Keke and Max, and memorable, original songs by one of today's most prolific producers."
"It was an amazing experience bringing my vision to life for Nickelodeon and working alongside such talented people," adds Executive Producer Nick Cannon. "Viewers will love this reinvented tale about overcoming adversity and following your dreams."
Rags follows the story of Charlie Prince, an orphan living in New York City with his acerbic and unloving stepfather and spoiled, simple-minded stepbrothers Andrew and Lloyd (House of Anubis' Burkely Duffield). Charlie's dream is to be a singer, and while he is vocally talented and can write music, he can't seem to catch a break. Kadee Worth, on the other hand, is the daughter of music mogul Reginald Worth (Isaiah Mustafa) and is an international pop phenomenon. While the world knows her as a glamorous superstar, she is secretly frustrated with singing other people's songs and wearing clothes other people choose for her. Kadee wants the world to hear and see her true talent. Despite every obstacle that gets thrown in their way, once Charlie and Kadee find one another, they each finally get what they have been looking for - a voice, a stage, an audience and each other. The movie also stars Drake Bell (Drake and Josh) as Shawn, a sound engineer helping to further Charlie's singing career and Avan Jogia (Victorious) as Finn, a celebrity who is in an arranged relationship with Kadee for publicity.
The Rags Soundtrack will be available via all digital service providers on Tuesday, May 22. The soundtrack showcases nine original songs performed by the cast of Rags including "Me and You Against the World,""Perfect Harmony" and "Not That Different At All." Fans can also enjoy three exclusive bonus songs; the never-before-heard "Things Aren't Always What They Seem," and alternate versions of "Someday" and "Stand Out" (see below for track listing).
Fans can visit Nick.com to view music videos, sneak peek of clips from the movie and photo galleries. Following the premiere, Rags will be made available on iTunes, Xbox, Playstation Store, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
Palmer starred for two seasons as budding fashion executive True Jackson in the Nickelodeon comedy series, True Jackson, VP. She recently appeared in the feature film, Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton and was featured on the movie's soundtrack. She will also voice the role of Peaches, a young wooly mammoth, in the fourth film of the blockbuster franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift, set to release in summer 2012. Palmer has also appeared in several feature films including Akeelah and the Bee and Madea's Family Reunion.
Schneider currently stars opposite Cymphonique Miller in Nickelodeon's hit live-action comedy series, How to Rock. He began his professional career in the Broadway musical, 13. In 2010, Schneider was one of twenty chosen out of 6,000 applicants to attend the YoungArts Program in Miami where he specialized in musical theater. Later that year, he landed a Fall/Winter 2010 international Dolce & Gabbana advertising campaign where he was photographed with Madonna as her son by world-renowned photographer, Steven Klein. He has also acted in several off-Broadway productions including Gypsy of the Year, Recoil, HiFive Benefit, Macbeth Fleance, West Side Story, Spelling Bee, HAIR and King and I.