Rap musical based on music of Tupac Shakur heads to Broadway

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If you never thought you'd be able to catch a Broadway musical about a rap superstar, fear not: Holler If Ya Hear Me is slated to head to the Great White Way this 2013-14 season. The rap musical is inspired by the work — not the life, as this will not be biographical — of Tupac Shakur.

Although Tupac's music is the inspiration behind the production, Holler If Ya Hear Me will be an original story set in a Midwestern industrial city, present day. (As opposed to East Harlem, where Tupac was born in 1971.) Tupac will not be a character in the musical, although the title of the play derives from his 1993 song "Holler If Ya Hear Me." Instead, the story features two childhood friends and their families as they try to deal with the difficult life on the inner-city streets.

Kenny Leon, who will direct the production, said this about the show: "Tupac was a prophet and I want everyone to see that."

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