Q-Tip is gearing up for a new acting role. The rapper / producer will play renowned jazz trumpet player and composer, Miles Davis in the upcoming New York production of My Funny Valentine.
Playwright, Nelson George announced the news on Instagram, along with a photo of him and Q together.”This Monday March 26th at 9:30pm @joespub#myfunnyvalentine a play about#MilesDavis starring @qtiptheabstract in the title role,” he wrote.
The play is reportedly about “a day in the life of the jazz giant.” It comes two years after Don Cheadle directed the 2016 film Miles Ahead. The movie got mediocre reviews and depicted Davis’ life in the late 70s during his hiatus from performing.
Q-Tipand George it seems have been working on the project for the past 8 years.During an interview with XXL in 2010 the A Tribe Called Quest MC mentioned the role. When asked whether he was nervous about playing someone as famous as Davis, Q-Tip stated: “Nah, not really, because I relate to him. But I was a lil nervous at first. But we’ve already done some table readings and Miles’ nephew, and some of his really close friends that he knew for many years—a girlfriend of two—and some of his old band mates have checked out the table reading like, ‘Oh, s**t, they nailed it.’ So that made it easier for me. It let me know my instincts are right.”
My Funny Valentine will reportedly open its curtains on Mar. 26 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
And if you’re really into Miles, look out for another biopic about the legendary jazz musician coming this year starring Michael K. Williams.