Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry is set to make its
Broadway debut at the Longacre Theater in New York on 11/14. The play has been
previewed by various critics and industry insiders since October 31.
The multi-cultural cast features Beau Sia, Black
Ice, Staceyann Chin, Steve Colman, Maya Del Valle, Georgia Me, Suheir Hammad,
Lemon and Poetri. Unlike the HBO series, the poets interact with each other
and each weave various themes together touching on such topics as race, sex
"I’m happy for the rave reviews the play
is getting," Simmons told AllHipHop.com. "What I’m really proud of
is the way real n*ggas is losing they minds!"
Throughout the concert, the influence hip-hop
has on the play is very evident. There is a DJ in between each poets time on
the stage, and he introduces the topic by playing a record related to the poem
as the poet makes his or her entrance to the stage. Various poets rap and beatbox
througout the night.
During the grand finale, all nine peots share
the stage and recite a poem, "I Write America."
"It’s not what you are expecting,"
Simmons continued. "This is a big event for hip-hop being on Broadway.
People need to see and support this event. We need to support this event."
For ticket information, call (800) 432-7250.