About Holler If Ya Hear Me
Social change is a major theme on Broadway, including shows like South Pacific, West Side Story, and Rent. Holler If Ya Hear Me continues that tradition. The music and lyrics of the late, top-selling rap artist Tupac Shakur serve as inspiration for this radical new musical. Written by Todd Kriedler, the show is not based on Shakur’s life but uses his work to tell the moving story of two friends in an economically stricken Midwestern inner city. Songs include Shakur’s 1995 hit “California Love,” “Unconditional Love,” written for MC Hammer, but later featured on Shakur’s posthumous greatest hits album, and the title song.
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), and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline or Change, Play On!)
Kenny Leon, who won a Tony for the recent 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.
Two hour and 25 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
Tupac Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the most popular recording artists ever. He died in 1996 at the age of 25.
Writer Todd Kriedler was first introduced to Shakur’s music when he was working as an assistant to award-winning playwright August Wilson during the production of Wilson’s play King Hedley II.
Fans of Shakur and of rap and hip-hop music in general will welcome this chance to see a Broadway show using their favorite music. Anyone interested in bold, different, adventurous theater will also want to see it.
Good for kids?
The show is not recommended for children under 13.
Palace Theatre Location Information:
New York, NY 10036
N, Q, R to 49th St. (Seventh Ave.); B, D, F, M to 47th – 50th Sts./Rockefeller Center
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