Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters turned rock’n’roll theater into real-life entertainment with his top-grossing The Wall tour, but now the singer/bassist will try his hand at professional theater. Waters will join the cast of the play The Exonerated for its final week at the Culture Project in New York’s East Village, from November 27 through December 2, the New York Times reports.
The critically-acclaimed play, which includes a rotating cast, is based on the true-life stories of six wrongfully-convicted prisoners who escaped death row. It premiered 10 years ago and was revived in September to celebrate the anniversary. Since then, a number of stars have joined the small cast portraying former inmates, including Brooke Shields, Stockard Channing and Brian Dennehy.
Waters, while an amateur thespian, has always fancied the dramatic in the music. He’s the mastermind behind 1979 rock opera The Wall, which dealt with his father’s death during WWII (and his subsequent psychological trauma) through elaborate means. His recent arena tour that brought the work to life grossed more than $333 million over a two-year span and is one of 2012’s top tours.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local