A musical based on the music of Tupac Shakur musical will open on Broadway this summer (2014).
The hip-hop-themed stage show, titled Hollar 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 May 26, Rolling Stone reports.
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, ‘Hollar 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.