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Music April, 7 2014

Saul Williams to Star as Tupac Shakur in ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’

The new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me which is inspired by the works of Tupac Shakur will see versatile performer Saul Williams playing the lead role of the slain rapper who was killed in 1996. The musical — described by producers as “a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope” — was written by Todd Kreidler and is directed by Kenny Leon, with choreography by Wayne Cilento. It is scheduled to begin previews May 29 and open June 19 at the Palace Theater. Best known for the award-winning 1998 feature, Slam, which he co-wrote and starred in and which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or Award for best first feature at Cannes, Williams heads a cast of Broadway regulars and newcomers in the non-biographical show.

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