"Holler If You Hear Me," a new musical that's inspired by the life and work of rapper Tupac Shakur, will begin performances on Broadway at the Palace Theater in New York City on May 26 and officially open on June 19.
The musical, which was developed in closed-door workshops, will open on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout run. It has a script by Todd Kreidler, who wrote a new stage version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" that opened last month in Washington. The director is Kenny Leon, a Tony Award nominee for the 2010 revival of "Fences." Casting and other production details will be announced later.
Among the producers of "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mother; Eric L. Gold, a television producer ("The Wayans Bros."); and Shin Chun-soo, a prominent theater producer in South Korea.
The show will feature some of the rapper's most beloved songs, including "Keep Ya Head Up," "California Love" and, of course, "Holler If You Hear Me."