The Palace Theatre has been the Broadway home of legends like Judy Garland, Danny Jaye, Jerry Lewis, and Liza Minnelli. Now, we can add groundbreaking rap artist Tupac Shakur to the list. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by Shakur's songs, will play the Palace beginning May 26, with an opening set for June 19.
Featuring a book by Todd Kreidler, the dramaturg for the recent August Wilson plays Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean, Holler If Ya Hear Me uses Shakur's songs to tell the story of two childhood friends and their families as they struggle to achieve their hopes and dreams in a Midwestern industrial city. The musical is directed by Kenny Leon.
The production features choreography by Wayne Cilento, music supervision by Daryl Waters, scenic and video design by David Gallo, costume design by Reggie Ray, lighting by Mike Baldassari, and sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge. Producers include Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin, and Jessica Green.
The voice of a generation, Tupac Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. They include Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me, and 2Pacalypse Now. Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996.
Check out artwork for Holler If Ya Hear Me below.