“New Jack City” brings the classic (and Treach) to the Music Hall

At the same time that “New Jack City” hit cinemas, Naughty by Nature was hitting the charts.

The year was 1991, and hip-hop music was starting to influence the mainstream in a big way. And as inevitable as the movie world’s “New Jack Town” was – its crime saga’s style and swagger helped influence a new generation of filmmakers and filmgoers – so was Naughty by Nature with their blockbuster hit “OPP,” The Jackson 5’s take on samples the pop-rap crossover that was the New Jersey trio’s Top 10 smash.

Times have changed but New Jack City and Naughty Pie Nature now collide, with leading talent and hip hop troll Treachery playing the lead role in a stage version of New Jack City. The touring production, which began running in 12 cities in Philadelphia earlier this month, will perform six shows at Detroit Music Hall on Thursdays and Saturdays.

“It’s phenomenal,” says Trish, born Anthony Criss, for whom New Jack City is his first stage production in 15 years. “Even when I’m not actually on stage, I watch the show every night. It’s amazing. I don’t want to miss any of it.”

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