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Tupac Shakur is heading to Broadway. A musical inspired by the rap lyrics of the late rapper, titled Holler If You Hear Me, is scheduled to open on Broadway in June.
Performances of Holler at the Palace Theater will start on May 26, reports The New York Times. Official opening night is slated for June 19, just missing the eligibility period for the 2014 Tony Awards. However, it will be eligible for the 2015 awards.
The musical is not going to tell the life story of Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996 when he was only 25. Instead, the show will use Shakur’s lyrics to tell stories about inner city children, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The producing team includes Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur; TV producer Eric L. Gold; and South Korean producer Shin Chun-soo. Kenny Leon (Fences) will direct with Wicked choreographer Wayne Cilento. Todd Kreidler wrote the book. Holler was developed in workshops and isn’t going to have out-of-town performances.
There is also a Shakur movie in the works that is supposed to start filming this year.