Tupac Shakur musical set for Broadway
‘Holler If Ya Hear Me‘, based on music by the rapper – who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, aged 25 – is set in the present in an unnamed Midwestern industrial city and follows the struggles of two childhood friends and their families.
The non-biographical musical is currently underway in a New York workshop production but is expected to move to Broadway as part of the 2013 – 2014 season. Director Kenny Leon told Broadway.com: “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.”
Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shaku, is one of the show’s producers. When he died, Tupac left behind an extensive catalogue of unreleased material, which his mother recently vowed to make public so a new generation of fans can hear his music.
The rapper’s mother – who runs the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which helps underprivileged children receive an education – was the head of her son’s estate following his death, but has since handed it over to Jampol Artist Management (JAM) , who have dedicated themselves to preserving the ‘Changes’ star’s legacy.
Posted on June 25, 2013, in MUSIC, NEWS and tagged Afeni Shakur, Broadway, Broadway theatre, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Kenny Leon, New York, Tupac, tupac amaru shakur foundation, Tupac Shakur. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.