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Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans To Reunite For ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Broadway Run

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Upon its release, The Five Heartbeats brought something new to moviegoers with its tale about Motown singers. While gaining mixed reviews, the film, which was co-written by Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans, earned a cult following. Now, fans can see it in a whole different way.

Take It To Broadway

The Five Heartbeats is due to be Broadway bound in the near future. This production will reunite Townsend and Wayans to work on a stage version of the film. Townsend also revealed that some unnamed talent will help them bring this to life.

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“There is a composer, Grammy-Award winner, a guy who has won some big awards who already said he will write an original song for us,” Townsend said in a press release.

No Major Names Needed

The Five Heartbeats originally had a home at Warner Bros. until the company decided to drop the film. With Fox picking it up, Townsend was ready to sit in the director’s chair. One of the biggest concerns about the film involved the cast. Since Townsend was trying to save cash, he hired a cast of smaller actors.

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Among the cast were Harry Lennix, who portrayed General Swanwick in the DCEU, and Roger Rose, who became a successful voice actor.

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This news coincides with Townsend promoting a documentary surrounding the making of the film. Making The Five Heartbeats finds him reuniting with the other Heartbeats to discuss their filming experiences.

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When it comes to fans, Townsend is grateful they came along for the ride. “Every time I go to the airport or go to the cleaners, gas stations, it’s like, ‘Why did you cast him?’ ‘How did you find these actors?’ ‘That music, man, the little scene with the sister…’ I would get all these things and then one day, people would say ‘Are you going to do a sequel? Do a sequel,” he told Vibe.

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