Building on the ever-expanding incursion of rap music into Broadway, hip-hop pioneer, entrepreneur and Tony Award-winning producer Simmons is developing a new musical that will be driven by “the greatest hits from a two-decade span of hip-hop — from the ‘golden age’ of the mid-80s to mid-90s ‘when it seemed that every new single reinvented the genre’ (Rolling Stone), to the chart-topping artists at the turn of the millennium,” per the announcement.

Simmons, whose seminal Def Jam Recordings debuted in 1984, followed by the Def Comedy franchise in 1989, will produce through his Los Angeles-based production company Def Pictures, partnered with Tony-winning Broadway producer Big Block (Scott Prisand/Jamie Bendell of Rock of Ages, Heathers, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder). The Scenario will feature an original story written by hip-hop historian Dan Charnas (The Big Payback) and aims to premiere in New York City in late 2016, per the producers.