Poetry on Broadway!?
Why not? Though Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam on Broadway sure isn't your mama's idea of parlor teas and weighty recitations. This brand-new theatrical event features award-winning spoken word artists and DJ-ed hip-hop and jazz, opening at the Longacre Theatre Nov. 14. Previews begin Oct. 30.
Once an HBO showcase, Def Poetry Jam features the work of nine poetry slam veterans with DJ Tendaji Lathan spinning recorded hip-hop, jazz, R&B and gosepl tracks. The poets' pieces range from hymns to love and poetry to comic works like performer Georgia Me's poem about her on-going 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 in the summer. Jam co-creator Stan Lanthan directed that world premiere and returns to helm the Broadway production.
All preview tickets will be $30. Afterwards, tickets will be $25-$65. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Longacre Theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street.