Beat StreetDirected by Stan Lathan
Cast: Dean Elliott, Franc. Reyes, Guy Davis, Jim Borrelli, Jon Chardiet, Lee Chamberlin, Leon W. Grant, Mary Alice, Rae Dawn Chong, Robert Taylor, Saundra Santiago, Shaen Elliot
Free admission. $10 VIP Lounge Ticket and secured seats upgrade available. Includes premium status an hour before the show, access to our fully furnished lounge to network and relax before the show, complimentary beverages, appetizers, and exclusive photo opportunities in the lounge.
Retrospective-Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop
Presented by Orion/MGM/ Show Off Your Gems
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Written by: Andrew Davis, David Gilbert, Paul Golding, Steven Hager
Story by: Richard Lee Sisco
Produced by: Harry Belafonte, David V. Picker
Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Jon Chardiet, Leon W. Grant, Saundra Santiago, Robert Taylor, Lee Chamberlin, Mary Alice, Shawn Elliot, Jim Borrelli, Dean Elliott, Franc Reyes
At the forefront of early hip-hop culture, DJ Kenny Kirkland, his B-boy brother, Lee, and graffiti artist Ramon all have hopes of showcasing their talents outside the confines of South Bronx, N.Y. When Tracy Carlson, a composer and choreographer, runs into Kirkland and Lee at one of Manhattan’s hottest nightclubs, she offers Lee an opportunity to perform on TV. However, the crew has a long way to go before achieving their dreams.
Produced by the late, great Harry Belafonte, Beat Street was Hollywood’s first foray into “The Music and Break Dance Explosion!” featuring a bona fide who’s who of early hip hop: Kool Herc as a club owner, Soul Sonic Force with DJ Jazzy Jay performing “Frantic Situation”, Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five voguing hard, The Treacherous Three “Santa Rapping”, the Rock Steady Crew and the New York City Breakers battling left and right, proto-freestyle duo The Sequence and Brenda K. Starr auditioning at the Roxy and finally, a hard-as-nails electro soundtrack by Arthur Baker.