Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Theater: John Legend Will Produce Joe Morton Starring as Dick Gregory Off Broadway


The coolest political humorist of all, Dick Gregory, is about to get profiled in an off Broadway play.
John Legend and his producing partner Mike Jackson are bring Gregory to life — he’s still alive, thanks, and kicking at 83–in a play called “Turn Me Loose,” written by Gretchen Law.
The great Joe Morton stars as the comedian and civil rights activist. John Carlin co-stars, and John Legend has a new original song in the show.
Performances begin May 3rd at the Westside Theater, and opening night is May 19th.
John Legend says in a press release, “People like Dick Gregory, Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone show me what the definition of an artist is – it isn’t just to make art but to speak truth to what’s happening, speak beauty into the world, speak love into the world and also… get involved.”



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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