Look who’s coming to the Great White Way: Comedian Chris Rock is set to make his Broadway debut next year in Motherfucker With the Hat, a new play about love and addiction in the City that Never Sleeps.
Bobby Cannavale has been cast as Jackie, a recovering addict and parolee looking to turn over a new leaf. His longtime girlfriend, on the other hand, is not. Rock plays Jackie’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. Anna D. Shapiro, who won a Best Directing Tony Award for her work in August: Osage County, will helm the ensemble production, which is being produced by Scott Rudin.
“It’s high-octane, a real barrage of invective. The funny role is really Cannavale’s, not Rock’s,” a snoop close to the production spilled to The New York Times. “He’ll get laughs, I’m sure, but it’s a role for a real actor, and it will be interesting to see him creating a character that is not himself. Chris does not want to be singled out as ‘the star.’ He wanted a good part, and he wanted to work with good actors. Scott delivered on both fronts.”
The 14-week engagement begins with previews at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre March 22