A Tupac Shakur musical is coming to Broadway this spring
Though it's not about the rapper's life, Holler if Ya Hear Me will incorporate his music and premiere at the Palace Theatre in May
Tue Jan 8 2013
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Ah, ’90s nostalgia: It's not just for BuzzFeed listicles and themed sing-alongs anymore. Broadway appears to be getting in the game too, with two upcoming musicals taking inspiration from that decade.
Last November, we told you about a forthcoming show based on Alanis Morissette's 1994 album, Jagged Little Pill; and today, producers of the jukebox musical Holler if Ya Hear Me, inspired by late rapper Tupac Shakur, confirmed to The New York Times that the show will premiere at the Palace Theatre on May 26, 2014.
Although Holler will incorporate some of Shakur's biggest hits (including "California Love" and "Keep Ya Head Up"), it's not a biography of the hip-hop star, who was murdered in 1996. Rather, according to the Times, it's about "poor urban residents struggl[ing] against challenges in their lives," with Shakur's music as the soundtrack.
Between those two shows, plus the Neil Patrick Harris revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014 is shaping up to be a good (hopefully) year for Gen X theater obsessives, no?
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