Hip-hop and Broadway will unite this spring, with the sounds of Tupac Shakur playing centerstage.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of the late rapper, is set to begin performances on May 26, with the official opening on June 19 at the Palace Theatre. Set to take place in one of Broadway "s biggest venues, the opening takes place just three days after what would have been 2Pac "s 43rd birthday.
Though the play derives from his whopping catalogue of recordings, Holler If Ya Hear Me, written by Todd Kriedler and directed by Kenny Leon, is no biographical portrayal of Tupac. Instead, it will use the words and music of the influential icon to frame a story based on the inner city struggle of two childhood friends struggling as they deal with life "s enclosing themes of friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope.
The highly anticipated musical is produced by "Pac "s mother, Afeni Shakur, along with Eric L. Gold, Shun Chun-soo, and Jessica Green, and casting and ticketing information for Holler If Ya Hear Me will be announced within the next coming weeks.