PHOTO CALL: Russell Simmons Brings Def Poetry to Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: Russell Simmons Brings Def Poetry to Broadway

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Russell Simmons celebrated the Nov. 14 opening of his first Broadway venture, Def Poetry Jam. With Simmons is his wife, former model and Baby Phat clothing line boss Kimora Lee.

The unique theatrical offering, a first for slam-style poetry on the Great White Way, features an award-winning nine-member troupe versifying issues of culture, stereotyping, love, death, food, music and the future between hip-hop, rap, jazz and rock 'n' roll tracks spun by a live DJ. Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam, originally an HBO series, plays the Longacre Theatre under the direction of Stan Lanthan.