Common: Eyeing a Broadway Debut?

Grammy Award winning Rap artist Common, who has already appeared in a number of Hollywood movies including 'Smokin' Aces', 'American Gangster', 'Wanted' and 'Terminator Salvation', is now reportedly looking to make his Broadway debut.

According to the New York Post, the rapper appeared in front of a handful of investors and producers recently to read for the role of boxer Jack Jefferson in an intended revival of Howard Sackler's 1967 play The Great White Hope. The role helped launch the career of James Earl Jones in its original Broadway outing and Common is said to be eager to take on the role and has even offered to financially support the project.

Whether the revival, with a cast of 25 and reported estimated cost of around $4 million, will make it to Broadway is yet to be confirmed, although the reading is said to have gone 'well' and Common's performance to have been 'excellent'. So there may still be hope to see 'The Great White Hope' back on The Great White Way.

- by Tom Millward


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