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Bill T. Jones 'Super Fly, The Musical' Coming To Broadway In Late 2013?

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by Courtney
January 31, 2013 8:47 PM
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We've been following the progress of this upcoming stage musical (aimed for Broadway) since it was first revealed about 2 years ago.

Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!) has been developing an adaptation of Super Fly for the stage as a musical.

Over the last couple of years, there've been workshops, cast announcements for those workshops, and more; as the project inches closer and closer to being fully realized.

Broadway World announced this afternoon that Super Fly, The Musical will finally be coming to Broadway in late 2013, citing Tommy Mottola of The Mottola Group (the producers) as the source.

No casting announcements to go along with that news, although in our last post on this last October, it looked like maybe Justin Guarini was going to star as Priest, aka Super Fly, the mixed-race “drug pusher, stick-up artist and a child of the ghetto, he truly beats the system, outsmarting the corrupt police force so that he can break free and start a new life," to use the words on the casting notice.

But Guarini himself posted a comment on this site responding to that last post, saying that he isn't. He just participated in workshops playing Priest.

What we can confirm for sure is that Curtis Mayfield's music will be used in the production, including other 70s soul/funk luminaries.

Also, based on the breakdown of characters that we saw from the workshop casting notices, it looks like the musical will stay mostly true to the film, at least, in name. 

Super Fly, The Musical features a book from Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and musical direction from Ron Melrose.

As soon as we know about the production we will post here. But if it is now scheduled to open later this year, all the different pieces should be coming together and will be revealed soon.

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  • Andre Akil | February 1, 2013 5:37 PMReply

    Karlo....

    Just FYI

  • Judy Peters | February 1, 2013 8:48 AMReply

    I hope there is still a chance for Justin Guarini to reprise his role because his reply to your article on October 8 seemed to imply that there is a chance:

    October 8, 2012 8:52 PM

    Whoops I'd like dispel any rumors before they start. I'm not actually going to be reprising my role of priest in Superfly. I was just writing a blog post about my experience with the show. I absolutely loved being a part of such an amazing project with such an amazing cast, and I hope that in the future I'll get to be a part of it again, but that's up to the powers that be. Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful blog post about my experience, and for redirecting your viewers to my site. I hope that we get to speak about this again in the future, and continued success in all you do.

    JG

  • No | January 31, 2013 10:01 PMReply

    Will Spike Lee cites this as a insult to his ancestors? Probably not. It's recent history and such a show is worthy of ironic commentary. Was he a pimp or drug dealer? Stay tuned...

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