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Single tickets are now on sale for NEW JACK CITY LIVE at D.C.’s National Theatre, located on Pennsylvania Avenue just steps from the White House.

NEW JACK CITY LIVE will play for five shows, from November 10 – 13, 2022.

Single tickets for NEW JACK CITY LIVE begin at $49.75 and are available online at BroadwayAtTheNational.comwww.jecaryous.com, or in person at our box office located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 12:00-6:00 pm with extended evening and weekend hours during performance days.


Critics hailed it as “authentic and gritty,” “edgy and vibrant,” and “an action-laden epic about the rise and fall of an inner-city crack dealer.” The film was New Jack CityThirty years after its original release, theatrical hitmaker Je’Caryous Johnson resurrects the record grossing crime thriller on stages across the country.  Written, directed and produced by Johnson, the touring stage adaptation of the Warner Bros.’ cult classic kicks off its unprecedented run in Philadelphia, PA on November 4-5, 2022 at The Met and will travel to several major markets from coast to coast during its run.  

Johnson’s adaptation of NEW JACK CITY LIVE stars critically acclaimed actor Allen Payne, who will be reprising his role from the film, as “Gee Money,” legendary rapper and lead singer of the iconic rap group Naughty By Nature, “Treach” as “Nino Brown,” legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane as ‘Stone” and actor and star of one of TV’s classic hit shows One on OneFlex Alexander as “Pookie.”

Presented by Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment in joint partnership with Broadway at The National, NEW JACK CITY LIVE lands in the Nation’s Capital on Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Sunday, November 13, 2022 for FIVE BIG SHOWS at The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW 20004. Tickets now on sale.

New Jack City premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 1991 and released nationally on March 8, 1991, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Earning more than $47 million domestically, the film was the highest grossing indie film of the year. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the infamous Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) and the Cash Money Brothers and is based upon an original story and screenplay written by Thomas Lee Wright. With appearances by Ice-T as New York City police detective “Scotty Appleton,” Allen Payne as “Gee Money” and Chris Rock as “Pookie,” the story not only created a cultural movement, but it also ignited our collective conscience, inspiring generations to come, and continuing to influence the culture that made it a success story.

NEW JACK CITY LIVE will be a mirror image of the emotion and grit that immediately turned New Jack City into instant, movie magic.  It takes place in the same metropolis-Harlem, NY where drug kingpin Nino Brown takes over a housing project and transforms it into a fortress-like crack house. Nino and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, will ply their trade with total impunity– one crime family will still be bonded by blood and forged together through friendship.

Set to the soundtrack of some of the most quintessential songs from the film, NEW JACK CITY LIVE will give audiences across the nation an opportunity to relive all their favorite, intense, heart-pounding moments from the blockbuster movie as they experience classic theater storytelling as shared through the culturally astute lens of four-time national championship playwright and NAACP Trailblazer Award recipient, Je’Caryous Johnson.

“In bringing New Jack City to the stage, I have the beautiful privilege of celebrating and paying homage to the black actors that excelled at their craft and created an unforgettable movie and characters that became classics to Black culture. I am delighted and excited to reunite these unforgettable characters with the fans that they’ve left their indelible mark on, and I am grateful to Warner Bros. for entrusting me to breathe new life into this cultural centerpiece. I look forward to the challenge of updating this classic story with a modern twist,” shares Johnson.

The stage adaptation will continue to build on the cultural legacy, the musical impact and the social relevancy that the movie so boldly brought to life, fusing the captivating thrill-a-minute storyline, the memorable lines everyone knows and loves, and the iconic musical soundtrack.

Building on the success of his 2020 stage version of the hit movie, Set It Off, which starred hip-hop phenom Da Brat and actresses LeToya Luckett, Kyla Pratt and Vanessa Simmons, NEW JACK CITY LIVE marks Johnson’s third adaption of a legendary urban hit movie into a stage play and is the second of three Warner Bros. Pictures’ movie titles licensed to Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment for adaption for the stage. When it premieres, B.A.P.S. will mark the third feature film from the Warner Bros. Pictures’ vault that Johnson is slated to mount and adapt for the stage.


NEW JACK CITY LIVE will play for FIVE BIG SHOWS only and is a theatrical event recommended for ages 18 and up.

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 11, 2022, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 3:00pm and 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 13, 2022, at 3:00pm


For the most up-to-date information on The National Theatre’s health and safety policies, please visit the Covid-19 Info Center at BroadwayAtTheNational.com/Covid-19-Info-Center.

The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Nearby metro stops include Metro Center and Federal Triangle. For parking information and further directions, please visit BroadwayAtTheNational.com.

Groups of 10 or more can save on most performances and enjoy exclusive benefits. To learn more, visit BroadwayAtTheNational.com.

Cast and dates are subject to change. Ticket prices do not include a service charge and per ticket facility fee. Please visit BroadwayAtTheNational.com for more information.

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