In 1997 a groundbreaking film called Love Jones was released. Coming after the rise of violent hood classics like Boyz n the Hood, and before the campy Vivica Fox romcom era, Love Jones was unique because it was...normal. The film showed professional, grown a-- black people riding the wave of relationships. Now people want to mess with perfection by turning this classic love story into a musical, set to begin touring in the fall.
Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Dave Hollister, Raheem Devaughn, MC Lyte and the pregnant Marsha Ambrosius are starring in the musical, to commemorate its impending 20th anniversary.
The film, released in 1997, starred the perfect Nia Long:
and the perfect Larenz Tate:
How you gonna top that? It was ahead of its time. Although it only grossed $12 million at the box office, it earned a special place in the hearts of many as a realistic portrayal of black love that was rarely shown onscreen. Its director, Theodore Witcher, never helmed another movie. When asked about the musical reboot, he told REVOLT, "I hope it's good!"
I hope it's good!— Theodore Witcher (@theodorewitcher) July 8, 2016
No shade to Michele and the other performers taking on the reboot, but the original is beloved as is. No one needs a Tyler Perry-play version of this cult classic.
But just in case you want to check it when the musical stops at your city, MC Lyte has details and VIP privileges on her app, which is available on Apple and Android devices.