News: Run-DMC Musical In Works, "Their Story Lends Itself Perfectly To The Stage"

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Run-DMC is reportedly set to have their life story brought to the stage in an upcoming musical with producer Paula Wagner.

According to Wagner, the musical will provide an inside look at their rise to fame.

Rev Run and DMC are meeting with Paula this week in New York to observe other musical offerings on Broadway. Their inspirational story of their rise is a compelling and dramatic journey and Paula's new Chestnut Ridge Productions will oversee it. She says Run-DMC was the first rap act to cross over and influence American music. Paula says, "I feel their story lends itself perfectly to the stage. This project has been a passion of mine for some time and I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with them." (Variety)

Run-DMC will also get the big-screen treatment with the upcoming biopic Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC.

Notorious screenwriter Cheo Hodari Coker will adapt Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biography" for DJ Classicz president Dallas Jackson. The filmmakers will explore the history of hip-hop's first superstars: Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was shot to death in his Queens studio in 2002. (Reuters)

The project will aim to gather support from people close to Run-DMC.

"It's an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I'm eager to bring to the screen," Jackson said. "And I'm hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons' involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s hip-hop movement that took over the world." (National Post)

Run-DMC are renowned as hip-hop pioneers.

With such hits as "It's Like That," "It's Tricky," "My Adidas" and "Walk This Way," Run-DMC exploded from the Queens neighborhood of Hollis onto the international stage with the help of future mogul Russell Simmons. An early MTV staple and platinum-selling act, the group influenced much of rap's future royalty. (Hollywood Reporter)

Check out Eminem inducting Run-DMC at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame below:

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