By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
Although he made a name for himself in the movies, Chris Rock started as a stand-up comic, so he’s used to being on stage, and anyone who has seen his comedy shows can tell that he may be most comfortable in that setting. However, the star has never made the leap to Broadway.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that is set to change.
Chris Rock has begun preparing to play the role of a drug counselor in the upcoming play “The Motherf—ker With the Hat.” Sounds like a title we could see Rock taking a liking to.
Previews for the play begin on March 15; it opens at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre on April 11.
Rock will be joined on stage by Elizabeth Rodriguez, Bobby Cannavale, and Annabella Sciorra. Although this is his first foray into the realm of theatre, the comedian enjoys the ethos of the business, especially in regards to the way writers are treated. Rock said, “I like this process because it values the writer […] Literally, nothing’s done without the writer’s approval—and that’s so different from the movies. In the movies, they kind of hate the writers.”
Rock has also said that if he enjoys the experience the first time around, he could see himself returning to the stage in the future.
While the recent string of Apatow-produced comedies have left Rock behind, he’s still a dynamic performer who can entertain and enrage an audience simultaneously. We’re happy to see that he’s still working and, at the age of forty-six, still willing to take his career in new and interesting directions.