Tupac’s legacy still lives on and may just play out on the theatrical stage. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the life of the late great lyricist, is currently being workshopped for Broadway, according to reports
With direction from Tony Award-nominated director Kenny Leon (known for such musicals as A Raisin In The Sun and The Mountaintop), the production is currently undergoing a five-week New York City intensive.
Set in the present day in the Midwest, Holler If Ya Hear Me—which also boasts a book by Todd Kriedler—depicts the challenges faced by two childhood friends and their families, influenced by the music and life of Shakur. Lead producers on the project reportedly include the late rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin, and Jessica Green.
Producers are planning a Broadway premiere in 2013-14. —Andrew Asare