When it was revealed that a musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur was going to hit Broadway, the first question was obvious: Who would play Tupac? The answer is nobody. According to The New York Times, the multi-talented musician/poet/actor Saul Williams is starring in the musical, titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, but while it brings Tupac’s music and lyrics to the stage, it is not a biographical play based on the rapper’s life. Holler If Ya Hear Me is set to open on June 19 at the Palace Theater.
More on the play from the official website:
The world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics blazes to life in an entertaining new musical!
Broadway has always given voice to popular culture and social change.South Pacific, West Side Story, Hair, For Colored Girls…, Sarafina andRent are among the hits that hit home. Now Broadway gives voice to the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, whose music has sold over 77 million albums!
HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME is a riveting, non-biographical story about friendship, love, change, family and hope—an original work that is at once a love story and an unretouched picture of life in the streets.
Don’t miss this chance to experience the sheer brilliance of one of the 20th century’s most prophetic and influential voices whose message continues to echo throughout our culture today.
For more, visit the website. To see Saul Williams on Def Jam Poetry, watch the video below.