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Picture me rollin’…up to a Broadway theater for a new musical based on the work of the late actor/rapper Tupac Shakur. Currently workshopping in New York City for a possible Broadway run later this season, Holler If Ya Hear Me features the songs of Shakur — but it isn’t a bio-drama of the controversial performer who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The original story by Todd Kriedler, a dramaturg who worked on the August Wilson plays Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean, follows two childhood friends and their extended families in the inner city of a Midwestern industrial city.

Kenny Leon, whose Broadway credits include The Mountaintop and the Tony-winning 2010 revival of Fences, is attached to direct the show. The creative team also includes choreographer Wayne Cilento (Wicked), musical supervisor Daryl Waters (The Color Purple), costumer Reggie Ray (Stick Fly), set and video designer David Gallo (Memphis), and lighting designer Mike Baldassari (Beauty and the Beast).

Afeni Shakur, the late rapper’s mother and a former Black Panther, is one of the show’s producers.

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