Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Music of Tupac Shakur makes Broadway debut in "Holla If You Hear Me"

Tupac Amaru Shakur's life was cut too short by a drive-by shooting in Vegas, but his music lives on, and now his legacy is moving to Broadway.

Holla If You Hear Me is one of 2014's most intriguing Broadway musicals, and brings Tupac's music to life on stage.

Saul Williams plays the lead role as "John" and has released four books of poetry, four albums, performed in more than 30 countries and lectured at over 300 universities on the connection between Hip Hop and classical poetry.  The second lead is played by Christopher Jackson. Christopher is an Emmy Award-winning composer and his Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Bronx Bombers, In the Heights, Memphis, The Lion King.  Off-Broadway, Christopher has composed for: Bronx Bombers, The Jammer, Lonely, I’m NotIn the Heights, Cotton Club Parade.  His Film/TV credits include: “Freestyle Love Supreme” (Pivot Network), “Person of Interest,” “A Gifted Man,” “Fringe,” and “Gossip Girl,”

He was Co-Music Supervisor and Writer for “The Electric Company” and Composer and songwriter for “Sesame Street”. He has also worked with will.i.am, in “What I Am”.  

Also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, Tupac Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide.  MTV ranked him at number two on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time and his double disc album, "All Eyes on Me", is one of the best selling hip hop albums of all time.
The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems.

The musical is right in his wheelhouse as it follows two inner-city childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.

Previews begin on June 2, and the show officially runs from June 14, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

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