Tupac Shakur's Broadway Musical: Is There a Stage for a G?
Playbill.com has announced an open casting call for an upcoming "American musical," tentatively titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, "inspired by and featuring the music of Tupac Amaru Shakur." You know, because lyrics like "They say pussy and paper is poetry power and pistols" were just meant for the theatre stage.
They're looking for African-American male and female rappers between 18 and 35. But whitey shouldn't fret, because they also need one Caucasian "with a strong facility for rap and terrific guitar skills."
The show is set to be directed by three-time Tony winner Kenny Leon. He's worked on a number of black-centric Broadway shows, including "The Mountaintop" about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Langston Hughes' "A Raisin In The Sun."
In an interview with PBS, Leon talked about how he became buds with Tupac's momma and his intentions for the play.
"The idea was always to make a musical inspired by his music and not to do an autobiographical approach to his life or anything like that," he said, "because I always thought that Tupac was a prophet and I thought if everybody could hear his words and hear his stories, they would see what I see."
While the idea may seem slightly absurd, the real bitch will be when the poor people that 2pac championed can't afford a ticket. Not sure where this falls on the "keeping it real" scale. But we're pretty sure this is anything but a gangsta party.
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