“Love Jones” is back, y’all!
No, the long-awaited sequel isn’t coming (at least that I know of) but a stage adaptation marking the 20th anniversary of this
cult classic will embark on a national tour next month.
“Love Jones The Musical” will be aligned with the 1997 romantic drama starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate that struck a chord with many people, particularly young black adults who saw themselves in the film’s characters and experiences. The Chicago-based story (Southside!) follows super-cute couple Darius Lovehall (Tate) and Nina Mosley (Long) after they meet at an open mic event and takes us through their passionate and challenging love affair.
This critically-acclaimed film, which also stars Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy and Lisa Nicole Carson, helped spawn more interest in spoken word sets, had women shopping for a Nina Mosley-inspired wardrobe and gave us an amazing soundtrack.
WATCH: “Love Jones” trailer
If “Love Jones The Musical” coming to a theater near you won’t have you flocking there, the cast will. Chrisette Michelle, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister were carefully slected to star in this stage production, according to a press release. The cast is pretty amazing, right? They all are very talented and more importantly, they can sing! (Well, I don’t know if Lyte has vocals like that, but I’m sure she’ll be fine.)
This musical’s debut also answers a question on many people’s minds: Where in the world is Theodore Witcher, the film’s original writer and director, and what is he doing?
Jeff Friday, American Black Film Festival (ABFF) founder and CEO, asked this six months ago when discussing ABFF’s 20th anniversary, explaining that he got the idea to start his film festival after Tate invited him to view “Love Jones” at the Sundance Film Festival.
Well, I’m happy to report that Witcher serves as consulting producer on this musical. Melvin Childs is serving as producer, Timothy Allen Smith wrote the stage play and Zadia Ife will direct.
“Love Jones The Musical” will debut in Oklahoma City on September 9. Check out the full tour schedule below. Will you attend?
“Love Jones The Musical” Tour Dates
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