Holler If Ya Hear Me Will Holler From Broadway’s Palace Theatre
How Do You Want It? It seems as though Broadway audiences and the material used for productions is an ever-changing one as it should be. It feels safe to say such a fact after the official word broke today that a musical based off of the music and lyrics of rapper Tupac would hit the stage in New York City later this year. While some may roll their eyes at this latest announcement or find it as just simply another way for a music artist to cash in on their already success music career, I see otherwise. As the new year begins and this announce comes as one of the first shows set to play Broadway in latter 2014, there is a clear evidence that musical theatre is changing as our world does around us. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Holler If Ya Hear Me will play Broadway’s Palace Theatre this spring!
Tupac Amaru Shakur was born June 16, 1971 and best known by his stage name, 2Pac. He was an american actor and rapper whose music focused solely on the struggles, violence and hardship of life in the inner city. As of 2010, he had sold over 75 million albums making him one of the most success artists of all time. MTV ranked him number two on their list of greatest MCs of all time and Rolling Stone lists him as number 86 on their list of the greatest artists of all time. Tupac was involved in the infamous East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry and got into conflicts with other rappers and producers such as B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records. He was killed in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 after he was shot multiple times in a drive by shooting .
Holler If Ya Hear Me is a new musical based off of the music and lyrics of the late famous rapper Tupac Shakur. Featurng his music and lyrics, the show also features a book by Todd Kreidler. The musical is a non-biographical piece that talks about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. The musical sheds light on the lives of those in the inner city and not only their daily struggles but their battle for peace in their own world. Using his lyrics and music some describe as poetry, Holler If Ya Hear Me will give open a door into a new world a reality of the streets still found today.
No casting has been announced at this time.
Kenny Leon is set to direct Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway after recently staging Stick Fly, The Mountaintop and Fences on Broadway in the past few seasons. The production will feature choreography by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento. Daryl Waters will provide musical supervision for the piece. Other members of the creative team include Tony Award winner David Gallo as set and video designer, Reggie Ray as costume designer, Mike Baldassari as lighting designer, John Shivers and David Patridge as sound designers.
The production is being produced by Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur along with Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green. Holler If Ya Hear Me received a five-week workshop last summer in anticipation of a Broadway bow sometime during the 2013-2014 season. The musical will begin previews May 26th, 2014 and officially open at The Palace Theatre on June 19th.
Holler If Ya Hear Me. I don’t think there has been a name that fun for a Broadway show since Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk played years ago. I remember hearing about this musical when it was announced last year and thinking about how truly interesting it is. This is a person and style of music one would not expect to see on Broadway. While people have used the lyrics and music before of other musicians to create a story, Holler If Ya Hear Me seems to have more of a personal touch to it. It seems like something Tupac himself would be interested in if he was still alive today and something that could open an entire new audience base to the musical theatre world. While we have yet to see how Holler will perform on Broadway financially, I can already think a couple interesting venue options Holler could have as a post life in various circuits around the nation. That is, a nation still today plagued by gang violence, hardship in inner cities and gun issues nation wide.
While much is not known yet about the arrival of Tupac on Broadway, Luner on Theatre will be sure to continue our coverage of this exciting new musical making its way to New York this spring. Casting, photos and more will continue to make their way onto the blog as more becomes available to us! For more information, visit Holler If Ya Hear Me’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!