Film Critic Roger Ebert Will Come to Life in New Musical

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Chicago's Black Ensemble Theatre has chosen Kevin Pollack to play the role of film critic Roger Ebert in the new musical The Black/White Love Play (The Story of Chaz and Roger Ebert), the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jackie Taylor is director and co-writer of the show with Chaz Ebert. Previews begin Sept. 19, and the opening is planned for Sept. 27 at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark, Chicago.

Pollack is currently playing singer Joe Cocker in BET’s production of Men of Soul. Several other cast members from that show are expected to carry over to Black/White Love Play.

The role of Chaz is yet to be cast.

The limited run is scheduled to conclude Nov. 1.

Ebert served as movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death from thyroid cancer in 2013, but is better known to the public outside Chicago as co-host with Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel of the PBS movie-review show "Sneak Previews," which continued under the title "At the Movies" when it went commercial. Ebert, the first movie critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, married the African-American trial attorney Chaz Hammelsmith in 1992, and their relationship forms the basis for this play.

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