NY-Critics have hailed it as one of the most “extravagantly action-packed,” “excitingly staged, engaging and impressive” movies of all time with “intense heist sequences.” It is the movie SET IT OFF. Now, the movie has been adapted for the stage and will be premiering in the New York area on April 28th – 29th at the Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226. The tour recently kicked off to multiple SOLD OUT performances in both Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. Tickets are ON SALE NOW for this engagement. For more information, go to the website.
The stage adaptation of SET IT OFF is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. To date, Johnson has toured over 20 stage play productions to sold-out crowds and written over 36 plays. SET IT OFF will be Johnson’s second time adapting a legendary urban hit movie. This past fall, he launched Two Can Play That Game for the stage, which starred Vivica A. Fox.
SET IT OFF was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996. SET IT OFF was based upon the screenplay by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts ever assembled in a movie – Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise as well as an equally powerful, platinum-selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack. Songs from hitmakers like En Vogue, Brandy, Tamia, Bone, Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes and Goodie Mob to legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan were all featured on the SET IT OFF soundtrack. For its time and even today, the movie and music was a black culture phenomenon.
“Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stageplays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” stated Johnson. “From the type of action to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw-dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”
As intense and moving as the storyline was, it was also met with an equally marvelous cast and their chemistry. To keep intact the raw authenticity and penetrable moments displayed in the story, Johnson had to cast a major force in one of the leading iconic roles from the film, along with an all-star cast. So, there was none other than multi-platinum selling rapper DA BRAT to fit the bill. DA BRAT will be bringing to life the iconic role that Queen Latifah played in the original hit movie--Cleopatra "Cleo" Sims. Leading the all-star cast, alongside DA BRAT is Grammy Award Winning Singer & Actress LeToya Luckett, vocal powerhouse and actress Demetria McKinney and actress Kyla Pratt.
Da Brat is undoubtedly one of the most lyrically laced and greatest female rappers of all time and the first female solo rapper to go platinum. From hit songs like “Funkdafied” to “Ladies' Night (Not Tonight)" with Lil' Kim, Left-Eye of TLC, Angie Martinez and Missy Elliott to the remix of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" and “What Chu Like” with Tyrese, raptress Shawntae Harris, better known as DA BRAT is one of the most successful, multi-faceted female entertainers today. From being the ultimate performer on stage to hosting a hit nationally syndicated talk show on the FOX Network, DISH NATION , a hit syndicated radio show “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” to even starring in and making guest appearances on numerous TV shows, FOX's Empire, WE TV's Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, TV One's Rickey Smiley For Real and Lifetime's The Rap Game, DA BRAT'S star continues to shine bright and now she has set her sights on the theatrical stage.
Two-Time Grammy Award Winning singer and actress LeToya Luckett is one of the most formidably fierce singers and actresses of her time. She has carved a fairytale story for her life. LeToya has masterfully navigated success in one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child to her own top charting success as a solo artist with the #1 hit songs, “Torn” and “She Don’t” to then being one of the freshest faces and talents in Hollywood on such shows like VH1’s Single Ladies and the OWN hit drama, Greenleaf and in films like the romantic comedy Killers opposite Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Her latest album was entitled Back To Life and LeToya continues to come back better than ever each time.
Anyone who has come in contact with actress and vocal powerhouse Demetria McKinney will undoubtedly say her voice was shaped by the hand of God. From her starring role on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and current roles on Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners and SYFY’s Superstition to her most recent groundbreaking performance as iconic singer Whitney Houston on TV One’s original film Bobbi Kristina, Demetria McKinney keeps expanding her range and reputation as an amazing actress. With the critically acclaimed success of her hit song, “Easy,” off her current debut album, Officially Yours, Demetria is the songbird to set your sights on as she continues to rise to the top as one of the hottest R&B singers around.
Kyla Pratt is the actress whose life girls only dream to be like. She has truly had a charmed Hollywood career. From roles in the hit movies, Dr. Dolittle and all the film’s five sequels to the cult classic, Love & Basketball and the hit TV shows, One on One, Disney’s The Proud Family and BET’s Let’s Stay Together, actress Kyla Pratt has grown up with us and has now matured into one of the most talented, actresses of her time. Most recently, Kyla starred in the ABC Family/Freeform movie Recovery Road and the Lifetime movie, The Secret She Kept, which dealt with the plight of those with mental illness.
Je’Caryous Johnson presents SET IT OFF centers on four childhood friends who spent a lifetime struggling to move away from the mean streets of their neighborhood. The system stole their dreams and now the four are determined to steal them back. As one grapples with the possibility of losing her only child, the foursome finds themselves on the edge of desperation. With their world in turmoil and their backs against the wall, they decide to seek their fortune - literally. Targeting the banks of Los Angeles (the bank robbery capital of the world), Cleo, Stony, Tisean, and Frankie rob the city's most vulnerable financial institutions. Flush with cash, they discover that mo’ money equals mo’ problems.
An unforgettable hit movie, iconic characters and an on the edge of your seat action-packed storyline makes Je’Caryous Johnson presents SET IT OFF the most highly anticipated stage play to hit the urban theatre.