Can you picture Tupac’s Changes on the Broadway stage? You won’t have to just picture it as it’s believed that a musical inspired by the works of slain rapper Tupac is set to hit the Broadway stage.
This will be the first Tupac musical to hit Broadway. Currently a workshop titled Holler If Ya Hear Me is in production in New York. The Tupac musical is in great hands as it’s said to be under the direction of Kenny Leon. Leon is an accomplished director, who helmed Broadway hits such as Fences and The Mountaintop.
The Tupac Musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is set to an original story, that is not based on Tupac’s life. Instead producers of the show revealed that Tupac’s music is a narrative for an original story. Holler If Ya Hear Me is set in the present time in a Midwestern industrial city. The story centers on two childhood friends “as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.”
Rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, who sold millions of albums alive and posthumously, was killed in September of 1996 while he was in his car in Las Vegas. At the time he was only 25, but even then he was known for his poetic lyrics that represented what it was like growing up in an urban lifestyle. As an actor Tupac starred in Above the Rim, Poetic Justice, and Juice.
Holler If Ya Hear Me already has a book written by Todd Kreidler, who is most known for Gem of the Ocean. As far as choreography goes, Tony Award-Winner Wayne Cilento, who is known for Wicked will be choreographing the musical.
Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur, who has dedicated her life to bringing her son’s legacy to the forefront, is an acting producer on the musical.
Are you excited to hear Tupac’s music on Broadway?