If you’re a Tupac fan, you may want to hear this (yes Uriel, I’m talking to you). Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of the late and great rapper is currently in talks of coming to Broadway.
The show was written by Todd Kreidler, who also had a hand in creating Fences and Gem of the Ocean.
The music will be used to create a story of inner-city struggle, encompassing themes of friendship, family, revenge, change and hope.
The show will be directed by Kenny Leon, who is also directing the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry‘s A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington, Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose.
Holler If Ya Hear Me is produced by Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur, along with Eric L. Gold, Chun-soo Shin and Jessica Green, while it was choreographed by Wayne Cilento, who worked on Wicked.
Music supervision will be handled by Daryl Waters, who also worked in that capacity on the current Broadway revue After Midnight, a tribute to Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance.
Waters also was involved with the 1995 musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, one of Broadway’s most successful forays into rap.
Though casting for the play hasn’t begun yet, the show is scheduled to begin its performances on May 26, with an official opening on June 19 at the Palace Theatre, which is one of Broadway’s largest venues.