The late Tupac Shakur will soon join Janis Joplin, Carole King and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the list of popular music stars whose work serves as the inspiration for a Broadway musical. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a show derived from Shakur’s rap lyrics, will open at the Palace Theatre on June 19, with previews beginning May 26.
Written by Todd Kriedler, the show will not be based on Shakur’s life but instead will use his work to tell the story of two friends in a Midwestern inner city. Kenny Leon, who will be staging the upcoming revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington and Diahann Caroll, directs. Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, 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. Casting will be announced at a later date. There is also a film biography of Shakur in the works.