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Carmen: A Hip Hopera

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Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Directed by Robert Townsend
Produced by Graig Hutchison
Written by Michael Elliot
Starring Beyoncé Knowles
Mekhi Phifer
Mos Def
Rah Digga
Wyclef Jean
Lil' Bow Wow
Da Brat
Casey Lee
Jermaine Dupri
Reagan Gomez-Preston
Music by Kip Collins

Carmen: A Hip Hopera is an 2001 musical movie produced for television by MTV and directed by Robert Townsend. The movie stars Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Mekhi Phifer, Da Brat, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow. It is based upon Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen, set in Philadelphia and Los Angeles in modern times, and features a mostly original hip-hop/R&B score in place of Bizet's opera.

The movie received mainly negative reviews. To date, it is the second major attempt at an African-American adaptation of the opera, the first being the 1943 Broadway musical Carmen Jones and its 1954 Academy Award nominated and box office hit movie adaptation.


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