The short run of playwright Lydia Diamond’s Broadway play “Stick Fly” earlier this year is having a second chance to be seen by those who couldn’t make it to NYC to see the production: it’s coming to your TV screens.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the theatrical drama has been picked up by HBO to be adapted into an hour-long special. Executive-produced by Alicia Keys and Tony award-winner Nelle Nugent, the critically-acclaimed drama focuses on an African American family’s weekend in Martha’s Vineyard as they deal with revelations of betrayal, and class and racial prejudice, much in the tradition of August Wilson (Fences) and Lorraine Hansberry’s (A Raisin in the Sun) classics.
Keys described the all-African American-casted play as being relatable for everyone. “I know it will touch audiences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house,” she said during “Stick Fly’s” initial Broadway run.
Keys wrote the musical compositions for the production’s scene changes and interludes, so it seems likely the musical pieces will be featured in HBO’s version, but it’s currently unconfirmed. Also unconfirmed is the return of the stage cast (including Ruben Santiago-Hudson, DulÃ© Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad) to the small screen.
In related news, Keys recently performed her new single “Brand New Me” while appearing on “The View.” Check out the video below.