The Roots, 'Hamilton' Star to Helm NBA-Themed Musical at All-Star Game

The Roots will perform an original NBA-themed musical, The Evolution of Greatness, with special guests at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Billboard reports.

The performance will track the evolution of the league from the Fifties to the present and feature Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, actor Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, Run-D.M.C.‘s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The Roots and Co. will stage The Evolution of Greatness before the All-Star Game, which tips off February 19th at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

The NBA All-Star Game will also feature late-night TV’s other bandleader, Jon Batiste of the The Late Show, who will perform the National Anthem, while jazz-pop singer Nikki Yanofsky will sing the Canadian national anthem. John Legend will headline the halftime show. 

Meanwhile, All-Star Saturday Night – the pre-game event featuring the dunk contest and three-point shootout – will feature performances from DNCE and DJ Khaled. That event begins February 18th at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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