New Musical Inspired by Tupac Set to Debut on Broadway
By Shannon Carlin
Broadway has been home to shows that were inspired by the music from everyone from Billy Joel, to ABBA, to Earth Wind and Fire (it was called Hot Feet and it closed in less than two months), but this year marks the first time the music of a single hip-hop legend is honored with its own musical.
A new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac called Holler If Ya Hear Me will officially have its Broadway premiere on June 19 at the Palace Theatre, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As the publication points out, the Palace is one of Broadway’s largest venues.
Though the cast has yet to be announced, the show is set to begin previews on May 26.
While Tupac himself is not a character in the musical, his music will be woven throughout the fictional plot of the show, which will be produced by the late rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur.
The show focuses on the story of two childhood friends growing up in a present day Midwestern inner-city, as they deal with overcoming the struggles of daily life to face their hopes and dreams.The story was written by Todd Kreidler, who worked on Fences with Lewon in 2010.
The show also features choreography by Wicked’s Wayne Cilento and music supervision by Daryl Waters, who worked on the current Broadway revue After Midnight, which pays tribute to Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance, and the 1995 musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.
In other Tupac news, it was recently revealed that the rapper came close to being cast as “Mace Windu” in Stars Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, a part that eventually went to actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Filming for the movie ended in June of 1997, with Shakur’s untimely shooting death at the age of 25 coming in September 1996.