Longacre Theatre, (11/14/2002 - 5/04/2003)

First Preview: Oct 30, 2002
Opening Date: Nov 14, 2002
Closing Date: May 04, 2003
Total Previews: 17
Total Performances: 198

Category: Special, Poem, Rap, Drama, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Jonathan Reinis; Produced in association with Kimora Lee Simmons and Island Def Jam Music Group

Originally produced at Theatre on the Square; Originally co-produced by Jonathan Reinis, Richard Martini and Allen Spivak

Poetry by Beau Sia, Black Ice, Staceyann Chin, Steve Colman, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Suheir Hammad, Lemon and Poetri; "HIP HOP" musical segment arranged and produced by Ruth Nice and Commisioner Gordon

Conceived by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan; Directed by Stan Lathan; Assistant Director: Mark E. Swinton

Scenic Design by Bruce Ryan; Costume Design by Paul Tazewell; Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky; Sound Design by Elton P. Halley; Assistant Scenic Design: Gage Williams; Assistant Sound Design: Christopher Cronin; Assistant Lighting Design: Steve Brady; Associate Costume Design: Valerie Marcus

General Manager: Roy Gabay Theatrical Management; Company Manager: Cheryl Dennis; Executive Producer: Roy Gabay

Production Stage Manager: Alise Elliott Smith; Production Manager: Theatersmith, Inc.; Production Supervisor: Christopher C. Smith; Stage Manager: Steven Lukens

DJ: Tendaji Lathan

Press Representative: The Pete Sanders Group and Pete Sanders; Marketing: Tracey Mendelsohn and Monique Martin; Booking Agent: William Morris Agency, Inc.; Executive Consultant: Danny Simmons, Bruce George and Deborah Pointer; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Advertising: rave!; Poetry Captain: Suheir Hammad; Assistant to the Producer: Simone Reyes, Christina Paljusaj and Naimah Holmes; Press Associate: Glenna Freedman

The producers wish to thank Home Box Office, Inc.

Opening Night Cast

Black IcePoet
Staceyann ChinPoet
Steve ColmanPoet
Mayda del VallePoet
Suheir HammadPoet
LemonPoet
Georgia MePoet
PoetriPoet
Beau SiaPoet

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2003 Best Special Theatrical Event [winner] 

Produced by Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Jonathan Reinis; Produced in association with Kimora Lee Simmons and Island Def Jam Music Group

Drama Desk Award

 2003 Unique Theatrical Experience [nominee] 

Produced by Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Jonathan Reinis; Produced in association with Kimora Lee Simmons and Island Def Jam Music Group

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Longacre Theatre

(11/14/2002 - 5/4/2003)
Produced in association with Brett Ratner, David Rosenberg.

Stage Manager: Darcy Stephens.


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