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Nas To Bring 'Beat Street' To Broadway As A Musical

Nas To Bring 'Beat Street' To Broadway As A Musical

Published Mon, June 17, 2024 at 4:45 PM EDT

After the 40th anniversary screening of the seminal Hip Hop film Beat Street at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday (6/14), Nas announced that he is co-producing a musical adaptation of the film for Broadway with the soundtrack's producer Arthur Baker. “Beat Street wasn’t just a film, it spread the revolution of Hip-Hop culture throughout the country and the world," Nas said at the festival.

"It left an indelible mark, inspiring generations of young artists and creating new Hip-Hop fans alike. It’s a thrill for me to join the creative team of Beat Street, bringing the raw energy of Hip-Hop into the fabric of Broadway. It’s an honor to breathe new life into this iconic work and celebrate its enduring legacy.”

"I’m really looking forward to starting the creative process of putting Beat Street the musical together with Nas, Michael Holman, our director, and the other members of our creative team", Baker told Rock The Bells. "I feel it’s our obligation to keep the legacy of Beat Street and the birth of Hip Hop culture alive, fresh, new, and exciting to both the new and OG generations, while also injecting some of the realness that we had to keep out of a Hollywood film of the 80s."

In June 1984, Beat Street premiered in theaters. Similar to its predecessor, Wild Style, Beat Street is based around a love story that takes place in the Bronx during the early days of the burgeoning cultural movement known as Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop's elements of Graffiti, MCing, Djing and B-Boying are heavily represented in the film, which started as a script written by journalist Steven Hager called The Perfect Beat.

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