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MTV VMAs Go Bada-Bing! ‘Sopranos’ Stars to Present at Newark Awards Show (Exclusive)

The Wrap Thursday, 22 August 2019
MTV VMAs Go Bada-Bing! ‘Sopranos’ Stars to Present at Newark Awards Show (Exclusive)“The Sopranos” stars Drea De Matteo, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Vincent Pastore will reunite to present at the 2019 MTV VMAs, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Yeah, it’s located in Jersey.

The actors behind Adriana La Cerva, Meadow Soprano and Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, respectively, will give the party at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center some extra-special — and local — street cred.

As TheWrap previously reported, John Travolta, “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness, Ice-T, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz, Lindsey Vonn, Rick Ross, Salt N’ Pepa, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, Bebe Rexha, Megan Thee Stallion, French Montana, Hailee Steinfeld, New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban, and former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz will also hand out Moonmen at the Monday show.

*Also Read:* John Travolta, Jonathan Van Ness, Ice-T and More Among First MTV VMAs Presenters (Exclusive)

Monday’s 2019 VMAs will be hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, starting at 8/7c. The pre-show kicks off an hour earlier.

The VMAs will air in 180 countries, reaching more than half a billion households, according to MTV. Musicians and fans will celebrate the year’s best videos via live performances, viral moments and a new “immersive” fan experience, the Viacom-owned cable channel said.

Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are executive producers for the 2019 “VMAs.”

*Also Read:* Michael Gandolfini 'Never Watched a Minute' of 'The Sopranos' Before Auditioning for Prequel Movie

Production is underway on “The Sopranos” prequel movie, “The Many Saints of Newark.” James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, is playing the young version of his late father’s iconic mob-boss character, Tony Soprano.

“The Many Saints of Newark” is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots, five days of violence in the New Jersey city sparked by the beating of a black man by white police officers. At the time it was especially lethal among African American and Italian American gangsters involved in the fighting — 26 people died and more than 700 people were injured during the riot.

Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”), who directed nine episodes of the groundbreaking HBO series, is directing the film co-written by “The Sopranos” series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. Chase and Konner will also produce. Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing.

*Related stories from TheWrap:*

'The Many Saints of Newark': See Michael Gandolfini in 'Sopranos' Prequel First Look (Photo)

'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr Joins 'Sopranos' Prequel 'The Many Saints of Newark'

'The Sopranos' Prequel Movie: Everything We Know So Far About 'The Many Saints of Newark'
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