So, it appears that the classic, iconic, acclaimed, timeless, captivating, untouchable movie that is Love Jones will now be adapted for the stage.
Yes, it’s true. The stage adaptation of the 1997 film will star some of R&B musicâ€™s most recognizable artists, including Chrisette Michelle,Â Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Dave Hollister, and Raheem Devaughn. It will begin touring nationally this fall/winter.
The show’s producer is Melvin Childs, written by Timothy Allen Smith and directed by Zadia Ife. Theodore Witcher, the original filmâ€™s writer and director, also serves as a consulting producer for the play. Like the film, the play is set in Chicago and explores the love, passion, pain, heartbreak, and redemption of the love affair between writer Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosley.
â€œWe are really excited about this opportunityÂ to break new ground with this musical, as it relates to African American offerings in theater around the country,â€ said Childs in a released statement. â€œOur team has created something truly special, and we sincerely hope to live up to the expectations of the fansÂ of the iconic film,Â Love Jones.â€
Love Jones The Musical celebrates the 20th anniversary of Withcherâ€™s soulful film, with the stage adaption telling the timeless story through music, as the soundtrack for the film played a vital role in setting the tone, providing context, cultivating the space, and adding to the overall cinematic experience. The play looks to also utilize music as storyteller and will feature chart-topping hits from the playâ€™s stars, along with original songs.
Love Jones The Musical will debut in Oklahoma City, O.K. on September 9, 2016. To see the show for yourself in a city near you, check out the tour dates below:
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