Tupac Shakur is a hip hop legend. His untimely death has not deterred his fans from loving, in fact, almost worshipping, the legacy that he has left behind.
Shakur’s music is going to take center stage on the Great White Way in an attempt to bring “gangsta rap” to the Broadway stage. The in-process show has a working title of Holler If Ya Hear Me and will be directed by Kenny Leon who is behind the Broadway hits The Mountain Top and Fences.
The musical is set in current times in an unnamed Midwestern industrial city and follows two childhood friends “as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams, and ambitions.” This will be an original story set to Shakur’s music and is shooting for the 2013-2014 Broadway season for release.
Shakur, who was both a rapper and an actor, and created such megahit albums as 2Pacalypse Now and All Eyez on Me, was murdered in September of 1996 while sitting in his car in Las Vegas. Shakur was only twenty-five years old.
Shakur was notorious for his honest and, often crude, lyrics that focused on the plight of growing up in an urban environment. However, Shakur was not afraid to rap about even more unsavory topics, like cop-killing and sexual violence. His music spoke to the masses, and even after being dead for almost seventeen years, he remains the highest selling rapper of all time.
The musical’s book was created by Todd Kreidler, who was brought in as a dramaturg for the shows Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean. Holler will be choreographed by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento of Wicked and Sweet Charity; while Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, will act as producer.