Q-Tip first mentioned plans to portray Miles Davis in a 2010 interview with XXL magazine. He said at the time that he and playwright Nelson George had “already done some table readings” of a new play for members of Davis’ family and bands. Eight years later, fans can finally see that work when “My Funny Valentine” hits the stage. George confirmed Tip’s continued involvement with an Instagram post yesterday (March 21):
This Monday March 26th at 9:30pm @joespub #myfunnyvalentine a play about #MilesDavis starring @qtiptheabstract in the title role. Written by me and produced by #therewassound with @cassiedamsel @margotbingham. Tickets only $20 for this staged reading. A day in the life of the jazz giant in 1981.
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“My Funny Valentine” will debut during a staged reading in New York City at Joe’s Pub on March 26. Tip will portray the genre-bending composer and trumpeter during a troubled period of his life in the early 1980s. “By responding to a fan’s letter, the trumpeter ignites a chain of life altering events,” the event description reads.
This production of “My Funny Valentine” is part of “There Was Sound,” a performance series that incorporates new sound design and video components into otherwise unproduced script readings. George curates the series for Joe’s Pub with actresses and producers Cassandra Freeman (“Atlanta”) and Margot Bingham (“She’s Gotta Have It”).