Da Brat Is Bringing “Set It Off” To A Stage Near You
In Hollywood’s efforts to escape the hell some would say the state of the world has been in for the past few years and take it back to the 90’s, another reboot may be making its way soon alongside shows like Martin and Roseanne. VIBE reports that So So Def rapper, Da Brat recently announced she has been given the green light to bring F. Gary Gray’s Set It Off, a tale about four black women robbing a bank, to the stage.
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Playwright Je’Caryous Johnson whose theatrical resume includes the cult classic Two Can Play That Game will adapt the reel for a Broadway format. Da Brat will take on the role of “Cleo” made famous by fellow female rapper, Queen Latifah. Singers Letoya Luckett and Demetria McKinney, and actress Kyla Pratt have stepped in to set it off in lead roles once held by Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise.
The Source reports performances will take place Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and again at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC on March 16th and 17th . Plans for a national tour will soon follow. The story will join Love Jones as another movie-turned-play. According to a press release listed on The Cobb Energy website, the play hopes have fans as excited as they were with the original film:
“Frankie, Tisean (T.T.), Stoney and Cleo are back bringing the same action-packed, adrenaline-filled robbery scenes and emotionally charged antics against an equally exciting music soundtrack that will have you on the edge of your seat.”
Many may not be aware, but Da Brat auditioned for a role in the original movie, but didn’t land the part, so this may be a way of making her dream come true. As much as I loved the original movie, I can’t comprehend why in a world that contains Issa Rae and Shonda Rhimes we are relying on remakes to repeatedly keep us entertained, but hopefully the play will bring this story to fresh eyes in a creative way.