tupac.jpgNEW YORK — A musical inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur hopes to bring gangsta rap to a Broadway stage.
A workshop of  Holler If Ya Hear Me is currently under way in New York under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits Fences and The Mountaintop.

The new musical sets Shakur’s music to an original story and hopes to be ready for the 2013-2014 Broadway season.
Producers said the musical is set in a Midwestern industrial city during present time and tells the story of two childhood friends “as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and
Rapper and actor Shakur, who had multimillion-seller albums such as 2Pacalypse Now and All Eyez on Me, was killed in September 1996 as he sat in a car in Las Vegas. He was 25 and known for his raw lyrics that drew on the rage of a coarse urban existence.
The new musical has a book by Todd Kreidler, who was a dramaturg for Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean, and choreography by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento of Wicked and Sweet Charity.
Afeni Shakur, the late artists’ mother, is a producer.