The New York Times reported last week that “Holler if Ya Hear Me”
, a new Broadway musical revolving around Tupac Shakur’s
music and messages, was originally the brainchild of beloved playwright August Wilson who saw honor, duty, betrayal, and love in Shakur’s music.
When Wilson died in 2005, the idea lapsed until Western Pennsylvania native, Duquesne graduate and former Pittsburgh Public Theater staff member Todd Kreidler collaborated with director Kenny Leon and they took on the project of weaving 21 of Shakur’s songs and poems into a narrative.
The musical will open directly onto Broadway on June 19, after the Tony awards
deadline, at the Palace Theater
. The piece asserts the idea that Tupac Shakur is universal and that everybody can relate to his music.
“This is the greatest stage for storytelling in our country and I think Tupac Shakur belongs there,” Leon tells the New York Times