The Music of Tupac Is Headed for Broadway
From the Black Panthers to the Great White Way, the journey of Tupac Shakur is an odd one. Since his death in 1996, Shakur has remained one of the top-selling artists of all time. He’s been a hologram, and now his music is headed to Broadway. Set to hit the stage in the 2013-14 theater season, the musical Holler If Ya Hear Me features music by the deceased MC.
Holler If Ya Hear Me is about two childhood friends from the inner-city of a fictional Midwestern city (probably based on Detroit or St. Louis) and their struggles to succeed despite difficult circumstances. Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is one of the show’s producers. The show’s cast has not yet been announced.
“Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that,” director Kenny Leon told Broadway.com. “[Holler If Ya Hear Me] is a present day musical using all of Tupac’s music, but Tupac is not a character in the musical.” Leon has previously directed productions of Fences, A Raisin in the Sun and last year’s all-black remake of Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott.
Holler If Ya Hear Me’s book was written by Todd Kreidler and it will be choreographed by Tony winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked, Sweet Charity). You didn’t even know it until today, but all your life you’ve been waiting to hear “Changes” and “California Love” performed in a Broadway theater.