If all goes accordingly, diehard Pac fans will be able to see the musical production this spring.
Face it, as hip hop fans, we can't get enough when it comes to 2pac. Well good news hip hop fans 2pac is coming back, though not in the standard hip hop musical form, he'll be returning in musical form; literally. The musical titled Holler If You Hear Me is set to hit the stages of the Palace Theater in New York on May 26th. Instead of being a musical based on his life and times, it will be a tale of friendship, family, revenge, change and hope" set to the musical backdrop of classic Pac material, the musical is definitely something to check out. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 26th and cop tickets if you're in the New York City area. (Stupid Dope)The late rap mogul's mother is reportedly a key producer behind the musical.
"Holler" isn't a biographical account of Shakur, who was killed at the age of 25 in 1996 following a shooting in Las Vegas. The musical production will use the rapper's lyrics to tell a story of contemporary inner-city lives. Among the producers of the musical are Afeni Shakur, the rapper's mother; movie and TV producer Eric L. Gold; and Chunsoo Shin, the prominent Korean theater producer who recently collaborated with the La Jolla Playhouse on another pop-music themed musical, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots." (Los Angeles Times)Buzz behind a musical coming together surfaced online back in September.
Kenny Leon will direct "Holler," which will feature a creative team that includes "Wicked" choreographer Wayne Cilento. Rumors of the Shakur musical had been circulating for months, though no official announcement from producers had been made until Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in September that Leon had workshopped the musical three times. (Los Angeles Times)Some reports claim the production could be up for a Tony award next year.
The show's opening night is scheduled for June 19. "Holler if Ya Hear Me" will not be in the running for the 2014 Tony Awards, the Broadway industry's highest honor, because performances begin after the April cut-off for Tony eligibility. The show will be eligible for award consideration in 2015. (New York Times)