Pac's music is being brought to life on the stage seventeen years after his death.
As reported by Playbill, it seems Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon is directing a new musical based on Tupac Shakur's body of work. The musical will be called "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the title taken from a track on 'Pac's 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
It's billed as follows: "An original story set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city, the musical tells the story of two 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."
The show is currently being developed in a New York City workshop. Those involved are looking to premiere it on Broadway during the 2013-14 season, although this apparently depends on the availability of a theatre. It will feature choreography from Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento, musical supervision by Daryl Waters, costumes by Reggie Ray, lighting by Mike Baldassari and set and video by Tony Award winner David Gallo.
Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, is producing the show alongside Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green. It has been described as non-biographical, and will be accompanied by a book by Todd Kreidler.