Tupac Musical Finally Gets Release Date
A musical based on Tupac Shakur’s tracks has been in the works for a while, but based on an announcement, a release date and previews have finally been revealed.
Called Holler If You Hear Me, the musical is expected to officially begin on June 19th, with previews starting on May 26th. Its run will be at the Palace Theater in New York.
With an $8 million budget, Holler involves hits from the late rapper’s career, but isn’t based on his life and death. Instead, a biopic unrelated to the Broadway musical has been in the works on this topic for a number of years. Aside from the title track, songs expected to be included will be "California Love," "Keep Ya Head Up," and "Me Against the World."
Todd Kreidler wrote a script about two childhood friends growing up in a poor Midwestern city, each wanting to realize their dreams. A statement describes the musical as being about "friendship, family, revenge, change and hope."
Kenny Leon, who won a Tony award in 2010 for Fences, is directing. Producing it is Eric L. Gold, Shin Chun-soo, and Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur. Speaking about the work back in 2013, Leon told Broadway.com: "Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that. [It] is a present-day musical using all of Tupac's music, but Tupac is not a character in the musical."