R&B star Usher is making a special visit to off-Broadway show Fuerza Bruta: Look Up for two performances later this month at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Manhattan. The show marks his return to New York theater.
The seven-time Grammy Award winning superstar will appear in the lead as Running Man in two shows, limited to one day, Apr. 28. Tickets will cost $150, with limited special VIP seating available for $200. The shows are at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
“Fuerza Bruta (Spanish for brute force) is unconventional theatre; no one sits down at our show, so to be able to give audience members an opportunity to experience Fuerza Bruta with Usher in the action is incredible,” said Executive Producer Stephen Shaw.
“We couldn’t be more honored that a powerhouse such as Usher understands, and wants to be a part of the excitement and awe,” he added.
The show is all music and dancing with lots of visual effects, acrobatics. Women are suspended pools and men run on giant treadmills. The multi-sensory spectacular was created by Artistic Director Diqui James and Musical Director Gaby Kerpel, who count De La Guarda among their credits.
The show has been in production since 2007; The New York Times calls the show “a physical and visual extravaganza,” while The New York Post described it as, “a dazzling blend of erotic, hypnotic, aquatic.”
In 2006, Usher spent six weeks on Broadway playing legal eagle Billy Flynn in Chicago.
He’s got a full multi-media agenda on his plate after the show. His seventh studio album, Looking for Myself, is set for a June 12 release. Usher said the set will launch new genre of music that he called “revolutionary pop.”
He’ll also be returning to the big screen in a biopic of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard entitled “Hands of Stone.” Leonard was named “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980s. Oddly the nick-name “Hands of Stone” (Manos De Piedra), actually belong to a contemporary fighter, Roberto Duran.
Usher will play the boxing great along with Robert De Niro. It’s scheduled to be released next year. Out of respect for boxing history let’s hope they change the name. The Associated Press voted Duran the No 1 lightweight of the 20th century.