John Legend Joins Broadway Play as Co-Producer
John Legend is set to make his Broadway debut as a co-producer of upcoming August Wilson play Jitney.
The R&B star, who won an Oscar for his Selma song “Glory” with rapper Common, has been branching out into film and TV production as of late, and earlier this year he helped to develop two off-Broadway projects, including Turn Me Loose, which featured Scandal actor Joe Morton as comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.
Now Legend is moving on to the Great White Way by joining the team behind the upcoming Jitney production, which is set in the 1970s and follows a group of guys as they try to make a living driving unlicensed cabs, known as jitneys, reports Deadline.com.
The drama, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will star The Americans‘ Brandon Dirden and Andre Holland, who also featured in Selma.
Jitney will begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on December 28, ahead of a planned opening on January 19.