Who would’ve ever thought hip hop would take it this far...’ Ready 2 Die... A Hip Hop Musical, is a biographical musical based on the classic album, Ready To Die, by the late Christopher “ Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls. Killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997, at the age of 24, the slain MC remains argueably one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Before there was a movie based on the life of B.I.G., numerous documentaries, and thousands of tributes, there was a stage play based on the legendary album that would come to change the history of hip hop forever. Written for stage in 1999 by Al “Paper” Green & approved by Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace, Ready 2 Die... uses the hip hop icons own music to paint the vivid picture of a kid who rises up out the '80s hustler's paradise of Brooklyn's Bed -Stuy, only to become a legend in his own time. The big guy with the big heart whose relentless dreams of success, not only for himself, but his beloved friends and family.
Ready 2 Die ... is an unapologetic trip through the violence, hunger, and money fever of the hip-hop world as well as the triumph, love, and adulation of hip hop’s ‘King Of New York’. As an ode to a king cut down way to soon, Biggie’s life story shares the same timeless elements of any greek tragedy. Looming 6 ft. 3”, 300 pounds, as a merciless lyricist with a bone-chilling stare, Biggie was a larger-than-life presence of theatrical power.
The prestigious and highly sought-after role of B.I.G. will be played by newcomer Telly Jackson. The Ready 2 Die.., A Hip Hop Musical, workshop premieres in New York City at New World Stages July 17th 2012 for all press. The event will also be open to the public.
Tickets are on sale now at www.telecharge.com