Christopher "Play" Martin Starring In 'Harlem Coffee Shop'

AllHipHop Staff

The rising genre of urban

theater continues to steamroll its way into major metropolitan areas across

the country, now adding Jerry Roebucks’ “Harlem Coffee Shop”

to the growing roster of musical stage plays.

The musical play stars pioneering

rapper Christopher “Play” Martin, who rose to fame in the late 80’s

and early 90’s as a member of the Hip-Hop group Kid-N-Play.

Incorporating soul-stirring

numbers with colorful, and often outrageous, adaptations of everyday life, “Harlem”

invites viewers to visit the recently added neighborhood meeting place, alive

with the drama of the people who know it best.

The story follows the franchise’s

owner, Anthony, (Darrin Dewitt Henson of “Soul Food” fame) as he

attempts to entertain the likes of the local street hustler, the nosy cashier,

and two aging “regulars” in his popular establishment.

Soon, the idealistic entrepreneur

finds himself focusing more attention toward his thriving business, than on

his personal life.

“Harlem” sticks

to the tried and true formula of featuring former recording artists and television

celebrities with Martin, R&B vocalist Mike Howard,

Michael Varian (“The Sopranos”) and Vondecarlo Brown (“Temptation

Island”) rounding out the ensemble.

The show kicks off its spring/summer

season at the Liacouras Theater in Philadelphia, Friday, May 20.

As a member of Kid-N-Play,

Martin experienced widespread success with the “House Party” franchise

of movies, as well as the classic comedy, “Class Act.”

Martin took a seven-year

hiatus from the music business and left the secular music business for the gospel


Martin currently serves,

as CEO of HP4 Digital Works, a video/film production and entertainment company.

The company produced the

Grammy nominated gospel compilation, Takin Gospel to the Streets” Vol.


For more show dates and

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