Get ready to writhe and rhyme in rhythm. Def Poetry Jam, Russell Simmons' hip-hop poetry series, will arrive on Broadway in October. No opening dates have been announced, but Variety says a Shubert house will be home for the unique poetry revue. Simmons also told Variety that the show's capitalization will run dirt cheap, $1 million to $1.5 million. A national tour of Poetry Jam had been planned at one time, but has been nixed for the upcoming Broadway run.
Once an HBO showcase, Def Poetry Jam features the work of nine poets with DJ Tendaji spinning recorded hip-hop, jazz, R&B and gosepl tracks. The poet's works range from hymns to love and poetry to comic works like performer Georgia Me's poem about her war with Little Debbie snack cakes. Joining Me are Poetri, Black Ice, Lemon, Beau Sia, Mayda Del Valle, Suheir Hammad, Steve Colman and Staceyann Chin.
Def Poetry Jam, as a theatrical event, debuted at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square June 25-July 28. Jam co-creator Stan Lanthan directed that world premiere and will return to helm the Broadway production.