The hills are alive with the sound of urban poetry, as theatre director Kenny Leon is aiming to bring a musical featuring the works of late rapper Tupac Shakur to life for the 2013 – 2014 Broadway season. Leon told Broadway.com that “Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that.”
The musical, called Holler if Ya Hear Me (our suggestions of The Phantom Of The Rap-era, West Coast Story and South TuPacific were rejected) is not a biography, and won’t feature Tupac as a character (or a very expensive hologram). Instead, the story is set “in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city,” and tells “the story of two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.”
The musical is currently being workshopped, but no casting or theatre announcements have been made.