Tupac Shakur, the Elvis Presley of the rap world, is coming to Great White Way. Holla!
A musical featuring the songs of the late rapper 2Pac, titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, is officially in the works. Directed by Kenny Leon of A Raisin in the Sun and Fences, choreographed by Tony Award-winning Wayne Cilento and featuring a book by Todd Kreidler, the non-biographical musical is slated to appear on Broadway in the 2013-14 theater season. Mr. Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is one of the show’s four producers.
The story is “set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city” and 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,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Vague, but promising.
Mr. Shakur was gunned down in 1996 at age 25. The crime remains unsolved, and his death sparked a veritable smorgasbord of conspiracy theories. Mr. Shakur remains one of the best-selling music artists in the world, with multiple posthumously released albums spreading his popularity among younger generations.
We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground.