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Tupac-inspired musical coming to Broadway

By | Published on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Tupac Shakur

A new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur and named after the rapper’s 1993 single ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’, is currently in the early stages of production over there in New York.

The show, featuring Shakur’s music but apparently not based on his actual life, is being directed by Kenny Leon, who hopes to premiere it on Broadway this winter. And, yes, I know what you’re thinking, a gangsta rap musical really does sound like a great idea, doesn’t it?

Leon told “Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that. [‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’] is a present day musical using all of Tupac’s music, but Tupac is not a character in the musical”.

So, rather than basing the story on a power struggle between two opposing sides of the rap scene ultimately resulting in violence and death, the story will instead focus on two childhood friends who have a bit of a hard time and then strive to overcome that and achieve their dreams.