Clearly, today is a big news day for musicals, the latest of which comes from Playblog with word that surviving Run-D.M.C. members Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are meeting with producer Paula Wagner about creating a musical based on the career of the pioneering rap group. Though it’s still unclear what the format of the stage musical would be—biographical, backstage musical, musical reviews—Wagner explained in a statement: “I feel their story is very inspirational and lends itself perfectly to the stage.”
Picking the players for this show will surely be the rap world’s biggest casting call since Notorious, especially for the part of the late DJ Jam-Master J. Assuming turntable skills aren’t mandatory—although they probably should be—I’d like to nominate Wood Harris, who played Avon Barksdale on The Wire.