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."