Hamilton Director Plans a Hip-Hop Sitcom

News   Hamilton Director Plans a Hip-Hop Sitcom
Thomas Kail will team with rapper Common on the project for Fox-TV.
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Thomas Kail, who won the Tony Award as Best Director for his dynamic staging of the Broadway megahit Hamilton, is teaming up with the rapper Common to create a new sitcom set in the hip-hop world for Fox-TV.

Kail also directed the hit TV special Grease: Live, for which he won an Emmy Award. Kail’s other Broadway directing credits include In the Heights (Tony nomination), Magic/Bird, and Lombardi. Common, who played The Bouncer in the TV broadcast The Wiz Live!, won an Oscar for co-writing the song “Glory” from the film Selma.

According to Deadline.com, Kail and Common are working with How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman on the sitcom, titled 93 til Infinity, about a black 1990s-era rapper trying to reset his life and reconnect with a white childhood friend in the present day. Edelman will also serve as writer for the series, based on an original idea.

Common as The Bouncer
Common as The Bouncer in The Wiz Live Paul Gilmore/NBC

Edelman, Kail, and Common will be billed as executive producers.

The series is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV. No production schedule or premiere date were announced.

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