“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2.
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To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been released, including “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “California Love” and “Unconditional Love.” Listen below.
Starring slam poet and musician Saul Williams, “Holler If Ya Hear” me is a non-biographical story set to the music and words of Shakur. The show’s story is about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope that opens a window onto the reality of the streets in contemporary America.
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Joining Williams is Tonya Pinkins, a featured actress Tony Award winner for “Jelly’s Last Jam” and a nominee for lead actress in “Play On!” and “Caroline, Or Change.” Other Broadway vets in the cast include Christopher Jackson (“After Midnight,” “In the Heights”), Saycon Sengbloh (Motown: The Musical, Hair), Ben Thompson (Matilda, American Idiot) and John Earl Jelks, who appeared in the August Wilson plays “Gem of the Ocean” and “Radio Golf.” Newcomers Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside complete the principal cast.
Written by Todd Kreidler, “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will be directed by Kenny Leon, who earned stellar reviews for the current Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which opened last week starring Denzel Washington.
“Holler If Ya Hear Me” officially opens on June 19.