Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical ‘The Scenario’

NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons is producing a brand new stage musical that will celebrate three generations of hip-hop, from Run DMC to Kanye West.

Simmons said Thursday that “The Scenario” will feature an original story written by author and hip-hop historian Dan Charnas and aims to premiere in New York City in late 2016.

“People will sing along and leave happy,” Simmons said.

Simmons, who won a 2003 Tony for producing “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam,” said the new musical will have a love story and be a “celebration of hip-hop.” It’s still being written and song selection will likely be a tough task.

“There are so many great songs!” he said. “Do I need something from Kurtis Blow? From Drake? I just don’t know. Jay Z? LL Cool J?”