Super Freak - The Rick James Story

presented by Je'caryous Johnson and Ty James

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Show Time: 7:30pm
Taft Theatre


  • Super Freak - The Rick James Story

  • Je'caryous Johnson

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Super Freak: The Rick James Story” has announced the production will be coming to Cincinnati, OH for a limited performance at Taft Theatre on May 1.


The charismatic, flamboyant, provocative musician, Rick James dominated the airwaves, with his infectious song Super Freak. His fusion of funk, groove and rock made the unruly pioneer the trendsetter of the 80's.

Always outrageous, Rick James was a master of celebration and now the party lives on through “Super Freak: The Rick James Story”. With a stellar cast, breathtaking choreography, and popular hits such as "Give It to Me Baby," "Mary Jane," and "Super Freak," this musical odyssey bursts to life on the gritty streets of Buffalo – the backdrop for the arrival of the King of Punk Funk.

With his iconic braids and leather-clad body, Rick's flamboyant and rebellious stage persona takes center stage as we follow his turbulent life; tracing his rise to stardom, his chart-topping hits, and the profound impact he made on modern music as a brilliant hitmaker, and influential Producer.

Produced by acclaimed Writer/Producer/Director Je'Caryous Johnson and Ty James, James’ only daughter and President of the Rick James Estate, “Super Freak: The Rick James Story” is based on the books ‘Glow’, by Rick James and David Ritz and ‘Memoirs of a Superfreak,’ by Rick James,” and is written by Johnson, J Kyle Manzay and Troy Byer.

Johnson, who has earned acclaim for his dynamic and immersive theatrical productions, expressed his excitement about bringing Rick James' story to the stage. "Rick James was a true trailblazer whose influence continues to resonate in today's music landscape. With 'Super Freak: The Rick James Story,' we aim to honor his unparalleled talent and captivating persona, giving audiences an unforgettable experience."

Ty James, who has been instrumental in preserving and promoting her father's musical legacy, shared her enthusiasm for the project. "This project is a labor of love and a tribute to my father's extraordinary life. I’m thrilled to collaborate with Je'Caryous Johnson to create an authentic and exhilarating portrayal of Rick James' journey, showcasing his musical genius and larger-than-life spirit."

Rick James was Motown’s hottest artist in the 80s releasing chart-topping hits "Super Freak" and "Give It To Me Baby" on his 1981 LP, Street Songs. These tracks showcased James' mesmerizing bass lines and infectious grooves that beckoned listeners to the dance floor. He was a sought-after producer, working on hits for Eddie Murphy (“Party All the Time”), The Temptations (“Standing On The Top”), The Mary Jane Girls and Teena Marie.

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This event occurred on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.