Published Jan 08, 2014We've been hearing about the 2Pac-inspired Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me for the past couple of years, and now the production has formally confirmed its debut.
The casting still hasn't been announced, but the musical will officially open at New York's Palace Theatre on June 19. Before that, preview performances will begin on May 26.
The show was written by Todd Kreidler and is being directed by multiple Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon. The musical takes its name from a song from 2Pac's 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. The poster, which is above, notes that the production is "inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur." In other words, it's not actually about the late rapper.
The official synopsis describes the musical like this: "The world inside Tupac Shakur's music and lyrics blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges they face in this entertaining original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century's most influential and culturally prominent voices, we are given a window into realities of the streets still relevant today."
Shakur's mother, Afeni, is one of the show's producers. View the official website here and sign up for a mailing list to be informed when tickets go on sale.
Meanwhile, reports have indicated the long-promised 2Pac biopic is apparently due to start shooting in 2014.