Chris Rock, who is no stranger to standup comedy, will make his Broadway debut on March 15 with the blue-collar comedy, The Motherf***er With the Hat. Rock is set to play a recovery counselor.
Rock starts rehearsals this week on the Stephen Adly Guirgis comedy.
Previews for the piece will start March 15, and Hat will open on April 11 at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theater. The comedy has been described by Rock as “The Honeymooners with drugs.”
Rock, 46, will play a goateed drug counselor, and TV actors Elizabeth Rodriguez, Bobby Cannavale, and The Sopranos alumna Annabella Sciorra will co-star in the production, which is being directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro.
Rock has said that if the show’s 15-week run goes well, “I could absolutely do one of these every once in a while. I like this process because it values the writer,” he said. “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. The writers’ union needs a Rosa Parks.”
Rock is definitely not the first Hollywood actor to hit Broadway – he joins a group that includes, recently, Keifer Sutherland, Daniel Radcliffe, Kathy Griffin, Al Pacino, and Ben Stiller.
Posted by Jena
3/7/2011 11:34 AM