May 12, 2014 13:03

Tupac musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' offers teaser clip - watch

The play opens on Broadway in New York in June

Tupac musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' offers teaser clip - watch

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A new musical based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me, has shared a preview clip online.

Click below to watch the footage from the rehearsals for the Broadway musical, via Entertainment Weekly. The clip sees the cast running through their versions of 'California Love' and 'Unconditional Love'.



Musician, poet, actor and writer Saul Williams will lead the cast of the non-biographical drama, which is based on the late rapper's lyrics. Holler If Ya Hear Me will start its run at the Palace Theater in New York on June 19 and is being overseen by stage director Kenny Leon. Preview performances for the show will begin on June 2.

Williams will star as John, while the cast also features Broadway actors Christopher Jackson, Tony Award-winning Tonya Pinkins, as well as Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and and John Earl Jelks. The $8 million (£4.8 million) production will feature songs from throughout the rapper's career, including classics such as 'California Love', 'Keep Ya Head Up', 'Me Against The World' and the musical's title song, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'.

The script, written by Todd Kreidler, is not about the rapper's life story but instead focuses on his music. It tells the story of two childhood friends living in a poor Midwestern industrial city. In a statement, the show's producers say the show will be a tale of "friendship, family, revenge, change and hope".

A long-delayed Tupac biopic, which will tell the rapper's life story, is due to begin shooting this year. Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

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