Tupac Comes to Broadway

March 1, 2012  |  

From Black Voices

Good news for Tupac Shakur fans! The late hip-hop icon’s music will be featured in a new Broadway musical titled, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.”

According to Playbill, the Kenny Leon directed musical will begin casting in New York City on March 10 and are seeking African American Male and Female rappers between the ages of 18 – 35, in addition to one “Caucasian actor” between the ages 20 – 25 with a “strong facility for rap and terrific guitar skills.”

While Leon previously revealed to The Huffington Post that he has held small workshops with Shakur’s mother, Afeni, he also mentioned during an interview with PBS that he has always wanted to direct a production inspired by the rapper’s illustrious discography.

Get the rest of the story and out when you can expect to see this show at Black Voices.com.

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  • Sugar_Spice

    “During your life, never stop dreaming.  No one can take away your dreams”-Tupac.  He was my first boyfriend (in my mind lol) & I often look back at some of his lyrics for encouragement.  I would go all the way to NY just to see this.

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    For the record I get down on some Tupac… but the legacy that is Tupac, is one most people have a distorted image of.  First off, son was never a gangster… ever.  You can’t go from studying theater in high school, to wearing a nose ring with a bandana tied in the front, to gangster.  He went to prison for allegedly raping a woman (he also was allegedly raped in Clinton Correctional).  Only until he was out of prison was he the thug life representative of California (though he more from Baltimore, even NY) after Suge Knight put the bug in his ear.  Even his crew, the Outlaws, had to be imported from New Jersey.  Think about that, at the height of the East vs. West battle, Tupac is rolling with the enemy… I smell something fishy.  
    Once again, I love Pac, but I just wish he stayed true.  Spitting on cameras and flashing the middle finger don’t make you a gangster.  And this goes w/o saying, but B.I.G. > Pac…. when’s the Biggie play?

  • FromUR2UB

    Although I  respect rap as a talent because everyone can’t do it well, I’ve never really been a connoisseur of rap or hip-hop music.  But this piques my interest.  If I were in New York, I would go see it.  Plays that make it to Broadway have to be pretty good, right?

  • Tee Tee

    15 years  after his death & my man STILL shining. R.I.P Pac! In my eyes, you are the G.O.A.T! REAL black man right there. Miss you dearly.

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  • Guest

    Well Pac was a thespian too so it’s almost fitting for his music to be brought to the stage.

  • I am definitely supportive of the idea of art cross-over.  Hip hop music can have a place in theatre too!  This is great news and I’ll be in NYC to check it out.