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Hot! Russell Simmons Is Ready to Bring Rap to Broadway

Last week, Russell Simmons announced that he’d be bringing hip-hop to Broadway with the production of The Scenario, a new musical culled from more than 30 years of the genre’s hits. Simmons enlisted hip-hop historian-author Dan Charnas (The Big Payback) to pen the script — think Love Story meets Public Enemy, says the hip-hop mogul — and is planing to debut the musical in late 2016 with a mix of actual rap songs and musicalized versions of classic tracks.

Hip-hop has had a mixed run on Broadway in recent years. While the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical Holler if Ya Hear Me barely made it out of previews before closing last year, Hamilton, the new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical examining U.S. history through hip-hop, has broken records off-Broadway and has already sold $6.5 million worth of tickets, four months before its July 13th Broadway debut.

Simmons spoke to Rolling Stone about The Scenario‘s rock & roll inspiration, its differences from Holler and why he’s so confident the show will be a success.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/russell-simmons-is-ready-to-bring-rap-to-broadway-scenario-20150323#ixzz3VDaWkBgK
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