Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical based on the lyrics of the late Tupac Shakur, has announced the leads for the show, which will begin previews May 29 at the Palace Theatre in advance of a June 19 opening.
The cast includes award-winning slam poet, actor, singer, musician Saul Williams (Slam), Christopher Jackson (After Midnight), Saycon Sengbloh (Motown The Musical, Fela!), Ben Thompson (Matilda), Tony nominee John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf), Joshua Boone (Brownsville Song [b side for Tray] at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Dyllon Burnside (Prison Break) and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline or Change, Play On!)
Written by Todd Kriedler, the show is not based on Shakur’s life but uses his work to tell the story of two friends in a Midwestern inner city. Kenny Leon, who staged the current revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, directs. Shakur’s mother, Afeni, is one of the producers. Tony winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked) serves as choreographer. Daryl Waters (The Color Purple) is musical supervisor.
Holler will open after the cut-off date for the 2014 Tony Awards, but will be eligible for the awards for the 2014-15 season.
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