'Love Jones' to Be Re-invented as a Musical Starring MC Lyte, Chrisette Michele and More
The classic love story of Darius Lovehall and Nina Mosley from the 1997 film Love Jones could soon be re-told in the form of a musical starring MC Lyte, Chrisette Michele and Dave Hollister.
The announcement of Love Jones: The Musical was posted last week on rapper MC Lyte's Instagram page The Grio confirmed. Described as a "stage adaptation" of the original film, which starred Larenz Tate as Darius Lovehall and Nia Long as Nina Mosley, will soon be re-imagined as a musical production directed by Theodore Witcher, the same screenwriter who created the original film.
Though the promotional flyer was only recently posted to the "Cold Rock A Party" rapper's Instagram, the production is already moving forward full speed ahead with an opening night scheduled for as early as this fall. Long and Tate were not one of those mentioned as starring cast members for this production but, with it being a musical, the names and faces that are displayed on the flyer will definitely make for a powerhouse vocal performance, above all else.
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In addition to MC Lyte, the cast consists of former Blackstreet member Dave Hollister, "Epiphany" singer Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius.
Whether or not Lyte is taking on additional roles in the development of the musical, like executive producer or any other behind-the-scenes position, is unclear but she has listed additional details and VIP privileges that are exclusively available to those who download the "MC Lyte App on apple & android devices," as specified on MC Lyte's post.
Approaching the 20-year mark from the day the classic film was released, Love Jones is still regarded as one of the best urban romantic films to be released. So much so, the pressure to make a sequel has followed Tate through his career, as noted by Madame Noire, but for whatever reasons fans never received an official update on where Nina Mosley and Darius Lovehall ended up during their romantic journey with a sequel. Maybe the musical, if done right, will answer some of those questions.
Look for the Love Jones: The Musical coming to a theater near you this fall.