So your bucket list includes hearing Broadway arrangements of Tupac Shakur’s greatest hits? Have I got news for you. Currently underway in New York City is a workshop for Holler If Ya Hear Me, a musical based on the works of Tupac Shakur.
Directed by Kenny Leon, whose recent work includes helming Fences, The Mountaintop, and Stick Fly, the musical is in the very early stages of development. Like most “jukebox” musicals, the story is original, not biographical, so there will probably not be anyone playing Tupac, either in person or as a hologram.
This will not the be first run of hip hop on Broadway. The 2008 production of In the Heights featured songs inspired by hip hop. That production went on to win multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. Here’s some of In the Heights: