Tupac Musical Set To Hit Broadway?
We know what you were thinking. It was only a matter of time before a Tupac musical hit Broadway, right?
Okay, you probably weren’t thinking that. But apparently somebody definitely was and went ahead to create Holler If Ya Hear Me, a musical dedicated to the late Tupac Shakur. The Kenny Leon-directed musical is really happening and Playbill lists that the upcoming play is set to begin casting on March 10 in New York City. They are currently looking for African American male and female rappers between the ages of 18-35 and a Caucasian actor between the age of 20-25.
Leon spoke to the Huffington Post about his dream of making a Tupac play a reality.
The idea was always to make a musical inspired by his music and not to do an autobiographical approach to his life or anything like that,” he said. “And because I always thought that Tupac was a prophet and I thought if everybody could hear his words and hear his stories, they would see what I see. So we are going to probably do a big workshop in New York this summer and I’m going to try to bring it to Broadway in the next Broadway season.”
“So a year from now hopefully you’ll be seeing this world-changing musical on the Broadway stage. I couldn’t be more excited,” he continued. “Todd [Kriedler] is writing the book, and with the lyrics by Tupac, it’s going to be very exciting, pretty much would sort of change the face of musical theater as we know it on Broadway, so I am looking forward to that.”
The premiere date has yet to be announced, so stay tuned.