Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) will join Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey next spring in a Broadway revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees Of Separation. Hawkins will play Paul, a seductive young con-artist who insinuates himself into the lives of a well-heeled Upper East Side couple. The role was originated on Broadway in 1990 by Courtney B. Vance (most recently winner of an Emmy for his role as lawyer Johnnie Cochran in FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). Directed by Trip Cullman, the production will begin previews at the Shubert Organization’s Barrymore Theatre on April 5 and open April 25 for a 15-week run.
Hawkins played music producer and hip hop legend Dr. Dre in F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. rap biopic. He’ll next star as Eric Carter in the new iteration of Fox’s 24 franchise, 24: Legacy, with Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits. On stage, Hawkins most recently played Tybalt in David Leveaux’s revival of Romeo and Juliet, opposite Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.
The design team for the revival, produced by Stuart Thompson and Tim Levy, will include Mark Wendland (sets), Ben Stanton (lighting), and Darron L West (sound).