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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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Tupac Shakur in 1996
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#FlashbackFriday #BdayEve #MemorialDayWeekend – Laurean’s Party Playlist 2014

So because my birthday is just around the corner and Memorial Weekend is the same, I have decided to create a party playlist for the occasion with all (or at least MOST) of my favorite music videos from high school, college, and right now! Let me know what you think. Did I miss your favorite video? Add to my list in Comments.

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Tupac Shakur in 1996

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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