Looks like someone else has gotten the Broadway bug bite. Actor and producer Nick Cannon revealed his big plans for the comedy improv show, Wild ‘n Out. From the small screen to the Great White Way, Cannon intends to take his show to new heights.
The comedy show features a group of comedians and celebrity guests who, through a series of games improvisation and challenges, battle each other on teams. Broadway.com describes it as, “Hamilton‘s “Cabinet Battle” scenes, but with more “Yo Mama” jokes.”
The show started in 2005, running for two years on MTV, then took a six-year hiatus. It revived and moved to MTV2, and then returned to MTV for its eighth season. Last year, the cast embarked on a comedy tour, visiting college campuses around the US.
Recently, the former America’s Got Talent host told Entertainment Weekly, “There’s [sic] some super-duper talented people on my show that need that theatre experience, so we’re taking Wild ‘n Out to Broadway.”
“I was inspired by so many different things that’s [sic] going on on Broadway right now—the energy, the talent,” he added,” I’ve always been inspired by the theatre when it comes to Wild ‘n Out.“
Over the course of eight seasons, the show has seen its fair share of celebrity guests including Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Chrissy Teigen, Snoop Dogg, Zendaya, and Shaquille O’Neal. Cannon didn’t mention when Wild ‘n Out would make its Broadway debut and who, of the current diverse cast, which has formerly included comedians such as Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson and Hamilton’s Taran Killam, would join him.
This leaves room for questions, including what will happen to the television show once it goes to Broadway and if the structure would be the same as on the small screen. No matter the cast or structure of the show, we’re intrigued to see Wild ‘n Out on Broadway.
Watch clips from the series on MTV.
Erika Dickerson-Despenza Addresses Flint Water Crisis with Cullud Wattah
There is limited seating left for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play CULLUD WATTAH at The Public Theater. Opening today, Thursday, March 7th and running until Sunday, March 10th in the Public Studio is about three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
“It’s been 936 days since Marion’s family has had clean water. When local activists file a class action lawsuit against the city, Marion—a third-generation employee at General Motors—must decide how best to support her two daughters, sister, and mother while lead seeps into the community, their home, and their bodies. As corrosive memories and secrets rise among them, the family wonders if they’ll ever be able to filter out the truth.”
2018 Relentless Award Semifinalist and poet-playwright makes her Public Theater debut with CULLUD WATTAH directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones; the cast includes Deonna Bouye (Marion), Alana Raquel Bowers (Reesee), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Big Ma), Nikiya Mathis (Ainee), and Kara Young (Plum).
The creative team includes Production Stage Manager Gregory Fletcher, Stage Manager Priscilla Villanueva, and Movement Director Adesola Osakalumi. Along with scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, Costume Design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound design by Megan Culley
We believe in this work so much we’re giving away 4 tickets to the performances on March 10th. 2 tickets to the matinee and two the evening performance thanks to our founder Drew Shade and actress/playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Go to our Instagram to find out how!
Also, find out more about how you can help the Flint Water Crisis and support this show HERE.
Listen to Erika talk about her work on an episode of Off Book Podcast below
Surely Goodness and Mercy by Chisa Hutchinson Begins Off-Broadway
Performances begin today, Tuesday February 26th, for the New York premiere of Surely Goodness and Mercy, presented by Keen Company. A story about an exceptional boy living a troubled life in Newark, NJ who does a good deed for an often unnoticed person. Sarita Covington, Jay Mazyck, Brenda Pressley, Courtney Thomas, and Cezar Williams star under Jessi D. Hill’s direction.
Set in an under-funded public school in Newark, Surely Goodness and Mercy by rising playwright Chisa Hutchinson, tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends the cantankerous old lunch lady. Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the mess of growing up and growing old.
Surely Goodness and Mercy has spent the last year charming audiences across the country: “Notably absent from Hutchinson’s frank and sobering story: cynicism” – Chicago Reader; “(Surely Goodness and Mercy has) a soul-stirring quality, touching audiences with its sincerity” – Daily Utah Chronicle; “it’s impossible not to like it” – The Salt Lake Tribune. Now, Keen is honored to bring this big-hearted new play to New York for the first time.
Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Surely Goodness and Mercy will continue through Saturday, April 13th only, with opening night set for Wednesday, March 13th.
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