SET IT OFF was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996. SET IT OFF was based upon the screenplay by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts eve assembled in a movie - Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise as well as an equally powerful, platinum selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack. Songs from hit makers like En Vogue, Brandy, Tamia, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes and Goodie Mob to legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan were featured on the SET IT OFF soundtrack. For its time and even today, the movie and music was a black culture phenomenon.
"Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban threate market," stated Johnson. “From the type of action to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”
SET IT OFF centers around four childhood friends who spent a lifetime struggling to move away from the mean streets of their neighborhood. The system stole their dreams and now the four are determined to steal them back. As one grapples with the possibility of losing her only child, the foursome find themselves on the edge of desperation. With their world in turmoil and their backs against the wall, they decide to seek their fortune - literally. Targeting the banks of Los Angeles (the bank robbery capital of the world), Cleo, Stony, Tisean and Frankie rob the city's most vulnerable financial institutions. Flush with cash, they discover that mo’ money equals mo’ problems.
DA BRAT will be bringing to life the iconic role that Queen Latifah played in the original hit movie--Cleopatra "Cleo" Sims.
This Chicago Native is undoubtedly one of the most lyrically laced and greatest female rappers of all time and the first female solo rapper to go platinum. From hit songs like “Funkdafied” to “Ladies' Night (Not Tonight)" with Lil' Kim, Left-Eye of TLC, Angie Martinez and Missy Elliott to the remix of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" and “What Chu Like” with Tyrese, Chicago raptress Shawntae Harris, better known as DA BRAT is one of the most successful, multi-faceted female entertainers today. From being the ultimate performer on stage to hosting a hit nationally syndicated talk show on the FOX Network, DISH NATION, a hit syndicated radio show “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” to even starring in and making guest appearances on numerous TV shows, FOX's Empire, WE TV's Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, TV One's Rickey Smiley For Real and Lifetime's The Rap Game, DA BRAT'S star continues to shine bright and now she has set her sights on the theatrical stage.
Two-Time Grammy Award Winning singer LeToya Luckett is one of the most formidably fierce singers and actresses of her time. LeToya has masterfully navigated success in one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child to her own top charting success as a solo artist with the #1 hit songs, “Torn” and “She Don’t” to then being one of the freshest faces and talents in Hollywood on such shows like VH1’s Single Ladies and the OWN hit drama, Greenleaf and in films like the romantic comedy Killers opposite Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Her latest album was entitled Back To Life and LeToya continues to come back better than ever each time.
Anyone who has come in contact with actress and vocal powerhouse Demetria McKinney will undoubtedly say her voice was shaped by the hand of God. From her starring role on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and current roles on Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners and SYFY’s Superstition to her most recent ground breaking performance as iconic singer Whitney Houston on TV One’s original film Bobbi Kristina, Demetria McKinney keeps expanding her range and reputation as an amazing actress. With the critically acclaimed success of her hit song, “Easy,” off her current debut album, Officially Yours, Demetria is the songbird to set your sight on as she continues to rise to the top as one of the hottest R&B singers around.
Kyla Pratt has truly had a charmed Hollywood career. From roles in the hit movies, Dr. Dolittle and all the film’s five sequels to the cult classic, Love & Basketball and the hit TV shows, One on One, Disney’s The Proud Family and BET’s Let’s Stay Together, actress Kyla Pratt has grown up with us and has now matured into one of the most talented, actresses of her time. Most recently, Kyla starred in the ABC Family/Freeform movie Recovery Road and the Lifetime movie, The Secret She Kept, which dealt with the plight of those with mental illness.