Common is gearing up to become component of the find team of rappers who’ve graced the phases of Broadway.
With preview performances commencing in New York Town on Nov. 30 at 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theater and an official opening night set for Dec. 19, Typical joins the solid of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning stage engage in, Concerning Riverside and Ridiculous. The Chicago rapper will get on the supporting part of Junior, the son of the play’s lead character, Walter “Pops” Washington, a widowed ex-cop having difficulties to make finishes satisfy played by award-successful Fences actor Stephen McKinley Henderson. Frequent graciously introduced his future purpose in Among Riverside and Ridiculous on social media again in September with a submit that is a crystal clear indicator of the passionate efficiency the “Come Shut” artist intends to produce in his position as Junior.
“This has been a aspiration of mine for a incredibly very long time,” wrote Widespread in an Instagram article saying his onstage debut on Sept. 16. “I am supremely grateful and overwhelmingly encouraged to be a section of Involving Riverside and Insane. I can not wait around to start out this procedure and to live this journey.”
From there, the Chi-Town indigenous elaborated on the perception of delight and innovative fulfillment his new Broadway enterprise is bringing his way.
“You never could have explained to me that minor south aspect boy that he would be on Broadway,” continued the A person Working day It’s going to All Make Perception MC. “When I obtained this role, I known as my mom like I had gotten my very first file contract. Haha. It was that a great deal joy. I have been advised how tough the operate is and that there is almost nothing like it. This is what I want as an artist and as a currently being that believes art can heal and encourage. I want to be a portion of the theater community to express that light and appreciate. I thank God for this opening of doorways and this blessing. So [please] arrive test out our perform, y’all. Thank you [Second Stage Theater] for the opportunity. Love.”
Surrounded by a robust cast that is primarily designed up of the similar actors who had been highlighted in the primary Off-Broadway rendition of Between Riverside and Insane, Common’s function as Junior sees the legendary rhymer’s character as a modern parolee who a short while ago returned to his father’s home following the dying of his mom. Along with his girlfriend, Lulu, and his recovering addict buddy, Oswaldo, Junior and his father, Walter “Pops” Washington navigate their new lives through a comedic just take on what it can be like living in a tiny hire-controlled apartment in New York City.
The John Wick: Chapter 2 actor’s approaching Broadway overall performance destinations Prevalent in line to possibly develop into the initially rapper to at any time make the coveted EGOT, a prestigious honor described by a single performer who’s been awarded the mix of an Emmy Award for tv, a Grammy Award for the new music marketplace, an Oscar from the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and a Tony Award for excellence in dwell Broadway theater.
The aforementioned Tony award would be the remaining piece desired to total Common’s EGOT puzzle, as he has previously been introduced with three Grammy Awards, a person Academy Award and one Emmy Award.
The Chicago spitter’s Grammy wins contain Finest R&B track for his 2002 guest overall look on Erykah Badu’s “Enjoy of My Everyday living (An Ode to Hip Hop),” Greatest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2007’s Kanye West-assisted “Southside” and Ideal Song Penned for Visible Media for 2014’s “Glory” featuring John Legend, who also occurs to be the 1st Black man to accomplish an EGOT.
In the realms of film and tv, the Be artist was recognized for his musical contributions to the 2014 film, Selma, and 2016’s Netflix documentary, 13th. Popular and John Legend every attained an Academy Award for Greatest Orginal Tune with Selma‘s “Glory” while on the solo tip, Com snatched an Emmy Award for Superb First Songs and Lyrics for “Letter to the Absolutely free,” which was highlighted on the soundtrack for 13th.