Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur, is aiming to premiere on Broadway in this 2013-2014 season. Featuring the music of Tupac and a book by Todd Kreidler, the non-biographical rap musical will be directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, Stick Fly). No casting or theater has been announced.
“Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that,” Leon told Broadway.com. “[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."
An original story set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city, Holler If Ya Hear Me tells the story of two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.
Holler If Ya Hear Me will include choreography by Wayne Cilento, musical supervision by Daryl Waters, set and video design by David Gallo, costume design by Reggie Ray, and lighting by Mike Baldassari. A developmental workshop of the musical is currently underway.