Daveed Diggs, Pharoahe Monch & A Group Of Remarkable Talents Elevate Broadway Through Hip-Hop (Video)
Hamilton breakout star has been doing his thing since before becoming a Grammy- and Tony-winning stage actor. The Berkeley, California native is a founding member of experimental Hip-Hop troupe clipping., who just released Splendor & Misery. He’s a celebrated lyricist in his own right, a talent Lin-Manuel Miranda recognized as making him the perfect fit for the pop-culture phenom he wrote and starred in. Diggs has also been a mainstay in the world of theater for many years, and his profound love for Hip-Hop has found a permanent place in his work on stage, perhaps nowhere more visibly than at the BARS Workshop.
Co-founded by Diggs and Rafael Casal, BARS takes place at the Public Theater in New York City and is self-described as being “for the rapper who wants to step into theater, or actor who wants to incorporate Rap into their wheelhouse.” It teaches students how to “develop Rap, rhythmic narrative, spoken word, and improvisational skills” to allow them to step into “the forefront of the next evolution in contemporary theater,” a trend popularized by Miranda. The weekly event recently filmed its September 5 workshop, a nearly 40-minute affair featuring some very special guests. #BARS: Mixtape Music Medley, Vol. 2 stars Pharoahe Monch, Doomtree’s Dessa, Hamilton‘s Anthony Ramos and Javier Muñoz, as well as a handful of tremendous stage actors, all of whom participate in a series of vignettes which blend traditional theater and contemporary musical stylings.
Heads may recall that, during his recent interview on The Tonight Show, Diggs announced a forthcoming #BARS mixtape which will feature, among others, Black Thought.