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2Pac Musical Coming to Broadway

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' will have an anti-violence message

Tupac Shakur
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September 5, 2013 5:50 PM ET

A musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur is coming to Broadway. According to The Wall Street Journal, the show, Holler If Ya Hear Me, was developed by veteran stage director Kenny Leon. The production will center on what Leon calls an "unconditional love story" with an "anti-violence" message.

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"[Tupac] was just trying to talk about life and say something about the country and being an American and raising a family here," Leon told WSJ reporter Barbara Chai. The rapper's family is also on board with the project (2Pac's mother, Afeni Shakur, is a producer).

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While the show's cast has yet to be named, Leon relayed confidence in their abilities. "We had to have a group that could do hip-hop dance as well as straightforward Broadway musical dance. But above all we needed actors who could tell the story."

Holler If Ya Hear Me, which has been workshopped three times, is currently awaiting a theater.

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