The Q Brothers
GQ & JQ are two guys, who share parents, and rap. Their writing credits include the hit Shakespeare Hip Hop musical add-RAP-tations: THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS (Off Broadway, Edinburgh, London & worldwide), FUNK IT UP ABOUT NOTHIN’ (Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, London & Australia), OTHELLO: THE REMIX (London, Edinburgh, Germany & Chicago) and Q GENTS (Oregon Shakespeare Festival & Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Also they recently created a version of Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which played two season to great acclaim in Chicago
They are currently working on another add-RAP-tations: I based on Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. They are under commission to Steppenwolf and the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Their new show, MS. ESTRADA, a remake of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata, will receive its world premiere at the Flea Theater Off-Broadway in Spring 2018.
GQ & JQ also direct and perform their plays and between them have numerous TV, Film and music credits.
New Q Brothers’ Show to Debut at the Flea Theater Next Year!
They will premiere their new show, “Ms. Estrada” - a hip-hop remake of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” – in the off-Broadway venue, upstairs in the Sam Theater from March 22–April 22, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum. The show is billed by the theatre as “the Girl Anthem of 2018”.
The Flea Theater just announced its “Season of Womyn” which will start in January, at its new address on Thomas Street in TriBeCa.
Nominations are in for the Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards
Drama Desk Awards
Simon Kenny is nominated for Outstanding Set Design for a Musical for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Amy Mae is nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
All together SWEENEY TODD is nominated for 7 awards!
Richard Nelson is nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play for WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?/WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE at the Public Theater.
The Q Brothers are nominated for Outstanding Lyrics for OTHELLO: THE REMIX
Off-Broadway Alliance Awards
SWEENEY TODD (Design by Simon Kenny and Lighting by Amy Mae) is nominated for Best Musical Revival
OTHELLO: THE REMIX (Written, Composed and Directed by The Q Brothers) is nominated for Best New Musical
The Q Brothers Open OTHELLO THE REMIX at the Westside Theatre
Originally Commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, OTHELLO THE REMIX, written, directed, composed and performed by GQ and JQ, opens off Broadway and is booking until March 2017.
New York Times
“clever and exuberantly performed”
“a tickling refreshment to leave a production of this dark tale with a smile on your face, or an urge to head to the nearest nightclub.”
“Who knew Othello could be so funny?”
“The Q Brothers have transformed the bloody tragedy into a rip-roaring, rapped one-act rich with dizzying rhymes.”
“clever and exhilarating”
“fun and lively hip-hop retelling”
“a high-energy kick, making a strong case for the elevated language rap to be a modern equivalent of Shakespeare's poetic verse.”
“a thoroughly entertaining way to spend an evening — and of course, yet another reminder of the ways Shakespeare’s work can be refreshed, even 400 years after his death, if there are nimble minds at the helm.”
British Theatre Guide
"It sounds an unlikely combination, but this synthesis of Shakespeare with hip-hop works like a dream."
"The pace never drops"
"draw in their audience with charm, energy and a great script accompanied by lively music supported by well-directed action and choreography."
"a great piece of sustained hip-hopping and tells its own modern tale in a style that will appeal to those who have barely even heard of the story of the Moor."
The Q Brothers’ OTHELLO THE REMIX will open off-broadway in October!
Originally Commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, OTHELLO THE REMIX, written, directed, composed and performed by GQ and JQ, won of Best Lyrics and Best New Musical (MTM: UK Awards) at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“OTHELLO: THE REMIX is an 80-minute, exuberant spin on Shakespeare’s tragic tale proving that the Bard himself was the original master of rhythm and rhyme. GOOD STORYTELLERS BORROW, BUT GREAT ONES STEAL.”
The show will run from the 25th October at the Westside Theatre and is booking until 5th March 2017.