The hip-hop theater scene has been around for a while, but Hamilton's success has launched it into the spotlight. In the musical's wake, a workshop called #BARS was created to mix the worlds of hip-hop, theater, and verse. There are singers, poets, rappers, actors, and playwrights in here, handpicked by Def Poetry Jam vets, theater directors, and Broadway actors. In short: They have skills. And they are using them to try and change the landscape of contemporary theater. On this episode of Sound Show, we’re talking about the sounds of verse, and hip-hop, and theater, and what it means when they all occupy the same space.
The #BARS Mixtape Musical Medley Vol. 2 video was the final product of the workshop, and it's wonderful. Check it out below.