Run-D.M.C. may be following in the footsteps of U2 and Billy Joel. U.K.’s The Guardian reported last week that producer Paula Wagner is in preliminary talks to create a rap opera featuring the iconic ‘80s group’s back catalog.
Wagner is best known for her decade-long association as Tom Cruise’s producing partner, and for her short but turbulent stint as CEO of United Artist pictures. Now she has struck out on her own, and this opera—should it go forward— would mark her Broadway debut.
Indeed, Wagner seems to have musicals on the brain. She is also in preliminary talks to bring the long-running hit musical Miss Saigon to the big screen along with director Lee Daniels, whose Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire will see a limited release next month.
Run-D.M.C.—comprised of Joe “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and the late Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, who was murdered in 2002—is group most credited with bringing hip-hop to the mainstream in the early 1980s. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and the surviving two members are planning an upcoming reunion.
Wagner thinks their genesis will translate well to the stage. “Their rise to fame is innately theatrical,” she told The Guardian. ”[It] speaks to everybody.”
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