Comedian Chris Rock is to reprise his Broadway debut role in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Mother... With the Hat for six performances in Los Angeles early next year (13). He will join other members of the original Broadway cast, including Bobby Cannavale and Elizabeth Rodriguez, in the production.
The funnyman makes his debut on the famed New York stage in Stephen Adly Guirgis' controversial new play The Motherf**ker With the Hat, opposite The Hand That Rocks The Cradle star Sciorra in her first Broadway turn.
But a preview of the show fell flat last week (ends20Mar11) when Sciorra forgot her words, and had to ask a production assistant to read out her line.
Sciorra went on with the play, and the star-studded audience, which included Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, proved the mistake was not too costly - by giving the cast a standing ovation at the end, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The comedian will play a drug counsellor in Stephen Adly Guirgis' controversial new play The Motherf**ker With the Hat, which is set to begin previews on 15 March (11) before opening on 11 April (11) at Manhattan's Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre.
Rock has described the show as "The Honeymooners with drugs" and hopes to become a Broadway regular if his stint on stage is a success.
He tells the Associated Press, "I could absolutely do one of these every once in a while. I like this process because it values the writer. Literally, nothing's done without the writer's approval - and that's so different from the movies. In the movies, they kind of hate the writers. The writers' union needs a Rosa Parks."
Rock will appear opposite Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vazquez for a 14-week engagement of Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Motherf**ker With the Hat.
The play follows Cannavale's character Jackie, a parolee who is newly sober, and his girlfriend, who is not. Rock will play Jackie's sponsor.
Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct the play, which is set to begin previews on 22 March (11).