While U2’s Bono and the Edge are still prepping their Spider-Man musical, Green Day’s American Idiot musical is finishing up its run in Berkeley, and Regina Spektor is penning songs for an upcoming Sleeping Beauty adaptation, a couple of hip-hop pioneers want to get their piece of the musical theater pie.
Rev Run, aka Joseph Simmons, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are teaming up with Tom Cruise’s film producing partner, Paula Wagner, to pursue a Broadway musical about the group’s career, reports Variety’s Liz Smith. “I feel their story lends itself perfectly to the stage,” Wagner says. “This project has been a passion of mine for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with them.”
As U2 found out the hard way, Broadway musicals can get very expensive and difficult to pull off, so there’s no guarantee that Run-DMC’s story will make it all the way to the stage. Of course, Wagner did manage to produce Valkyrie and Death Race, so anything’s possible.