REVIEW: Holler If Ya Hear Me: Tupac Shakur on Broadway

As a Tupac fan and lover of QUALITY Hip Hop, I am so excited about this production!

TIME

The first thing people are likely to notice when they walk into the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where the new Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me has just opened, is a lot of empty seats. Most of the orchestra section has been cleared out, and a new tier of stadium-style seating erected just above it, connecting with the mezzanine to make a smaller, more intimate theater space. But what about those unused seats? A refuge, I wondered, for the old-fogy theatergoers who might wander in by mistake and get driven out by the rough language, the rap music, the hard-edged ghetto ambience, the N-word?

Rap music and Broadway have had only passing encounters over the past two decades. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning In the Heights used rap music as a narrative device and a few off-Broadway shows — like the Shakespeare send-up The Bomb-itty of Errors and Matt Sax’s…

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‘Beautiful’ Star Jessie Mueller Discusses Playing Carole King On Broadway

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” is obviously about the legendary singer-songwriter, but it’s also about growing up, says the Broadway actress who has earned a Tony Award nomination for playing King.

“It happens to be about Carole King, and it focuses on her life and a very specific journey she took as an artist, I think,” Jessie Mueller told CBS 2’s Dana Tyler. “She always knew she wanted to be a songwriter from a very, very young age, and she knew she was extremely talented. But from my understanding of it, I don’t think she ever knew that she was going to be the person bringing her songs to the world, which is eventually what happened.”

Mueller is nominated for a Tony for best performance by an actress in a leading role in musical. It’s her second Tony nod, also having been nominated for…

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Underdog ‘Rocky’ The Musical Proves To Be A Broadway ‘Hit’

Yes, you read that correctly! Rocky IS a Broadway HIT!

CBS Detroit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Since its premiere as a movie in 1976, Rocky has been an icon of the American working-class hero.

So when Sylvester Stallone decided to remake his Oscar-winning movie into a musical, even the show’s director, Alex Timbers, wondered if it could work.

“It definitely sounded, I think to me and also to the writers, an unlikely idea,” he told CBS New York’s Kristine Johnson.

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Timbers — at 35, already a Broadway veteran — admitted he had not even seen the “Rocky” movies before being hired to lead the Broadway show.

“I thought it actually was an asset,” he said. “You treat the script like a dramatic text, so I went to the New York Public Library, and I spent three days pulling pictures, like, ‘This is what the boxers look like,’ ‘This is what Philadelphia looks like.'”

“Rocky” was…

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Tony Award Nominations To Be Announced

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nominations for Broadway’s Tony Awards will be announced Tuesday, but unlike most years, there no obvious front-runners for best musical or play and virtually no lock in the acting categories.

The nominations will be announced from The Paramount Hotel in Midtown Manhattan in a televised event co-hosted by the star of HBO’s “Looking,” Jonathan Groff, and “Elementary” cast member Lucy Liu.

With the possible exception of Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Denzel Washington and Neil Patrick Harris, few performers are guaranteed a spot Tuesday when nominations are revealed.

The top prize, best musical, has plenty of candidates, but most have bugged critics for one reason or another.

Top musical candidates this year include “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Rocky,” “Aladdin,” “If/Then,” “Beautiful,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “After Midnight” and “Bullets Over Broadway.”

Mixed reviews have hurt many and only “If/Then” and “Aladdin” are doing…

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Meet The Man Who Will Star In Broadway’s Tupac Shakur Musical

Tupac and Broadway is now going to be as commonplace as Peanut Butter & Jelly (my favorite combo).

Black America Web

Saul Williams just landed the role of a lifetime! The actor, poet, artist and musician will star in the upcoming Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur.

The non-biographical production, produced by the late rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur, will not feature Pac as character but his music will drive the storyline. It’s billed as a tale “about friendship, love, change, family and hope—an original work that is at once a love story and an unretouched picture of life in the streets.”

If you are not familiar with Williams, he’s a New York native and leading figure in the slam poetry movement. He was the star and co-writer of Marc Levin’s Slam, the film that took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1998.

According to the Hollywood Reproter, other Broadway veterans in the cast include “Christopher Jackson (After Midnight, In…

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