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Music September, 7 2013

Tupac Lives, on Broadway

Theater director Kenny Leon is currently working on Holler If Ya Hear Me, a long-term project, and a first for him on Broadway: a musical. Based on the work of the late Tupac Shakur, Leon is calling it an “unconditional love story,” and an “anti-violence story” that isn’t a biography of Tupac’s life; it simply uses Tupac’s music. “When you look at the lyrics of his music, he was always talking about universal things like honor, betrayal, family,” Leon said.

The Wall Street Journal reports: ”Leon said he tinkered with some of the music, but didn’t need to change much, and then set it to an American drama, adding that he was given the blessing of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who is a producer on the show with Eric Gold. Todd Kreidler wrote the book and Wayne Cilento handled the show’s choreography.”

The producers have raised the funding, and Leon has workshopped Holler If Ya Hear Me three times. The show is ready for Broadway, but still needs a home because “there’s a backlog in available theaters.”

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