Tupac Shakur: musical may be heading to Broadway
TMZ.com reports that a new musical named Holler If Ya Hear Me, featuring the music of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, has received approval from Afeni Shakur, the star's mother. According to the report Afeni Shakur recently saw a workshop preview of the musical, and was said to be "estatic" about the show.
The musical is to be directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon. According to TMZ.com casting for the musical is to begin next week. There has been no official announcement.
Holler If Ya Hear Me is a fictional story that tells the story of two childhood friends, growing up in a industrial city in the midwest.
Kenny Leon (Director) received a Tony nomination for his helming of August Wilson's 'Fences.' Other Broadway credits include 'Stick Fly,' 'The Mountaintop,' 'Radio Golf,' 'Gem of the Ocean' and 'A Raisin in the Sun.'
Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name '2Pac,' was an American rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Most of Shakur's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. The artist was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996, aged 25.