NEW YORK (AP) — A musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs is going to bring gangsta rap to Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will open at the Palace Theatre in June 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.
Rapper and actor Shakur, who had multimillion-seller albums like “2Pacalypse Now” and “All Eyez on Me,” was known for his raw lyrics that drew on the rage of a coarse urban existence. No casting was announced.
The musical has a story 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.” Afeni Shakur, the late artists’ mother, is producing.
(AP Photo: This 1993 file photo originally provided by Columbia Pictures shows rap musician Tupac Shakur is shown in a scene from, “Poetic Justice.”)
Singers & Rappers Turned Actors
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1. Alicia Keys was smokin' hot in the 2006 movie 'Smokin' Aces' and was also on 'Empire'.
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2. Jill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of 'Girlfriends.'
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3. 50 Cent lost 54 pounds in order to portray his emaciated character in the film 'All Things Fall Apart.'
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4. Snoop Dogg has become an enduring fixture on the big and small screen.
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5. Mos Def starred in 'Monster’s Ball,' '16 Blocks,' 'The Italian Job,' 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Be Kind Rewind' and more.
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6. LL Cool J has been in several movies and co-stars on the popular television series 'NCIS Los Angeles.'
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7. T.I. had a supporting role in 'American Gangster and was one of the lead characters in 'Takers.'
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8. DMX has parlayed his rough, rugged, and raw presence into appearances in several movies.
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9. Common has been a popular actor in films like 'Smokin' Aces' and "Just Wright.'
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10. Andre 3000 has made numerous guest appearances on television and he scored the lead role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic.
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11. Lenny Kravitz is best known for music but has done several movies and is now on the TV show 'Star.'
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12. Ludacris was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but got rave reviews for 'Crash'.
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13. Eminem turned to acting in the movie '8 Mile' which was loosely based on his life.
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14. Whitney sizzled on the silver screen in 'The Bodyguard' and 'The Preacher's Wife.'
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15. Ice-T found success in 'Law and Order SVU' as Detective Tutuola.
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16. Beyonce starred in 'Dreamgirls' and alongside Idris Alba in 'Obsessed.'
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17. We watched Will Smith grow up on 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and then become a global movie star.
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18. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for 'Dreamgirls' in her very first film role.
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19. Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in 'Boyz n the Hood.'
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20. Queen Latifah made her acting debut with a role in 'Jungle Fever.'
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21. Tupac Shakur starred in 'Juice' & 'Poetic Justice.'
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22. We all remember Drake from the high school TV show 'Degrassi.'
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23. Bow Wow starred in 'Bounce', 'Lottery Ticket', & 'The Fast & The Furious : Tokyo Drift'
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24. Method Man had winning roles in HBO's 'The Wire', the films 'How High' & 'Red Tails.'
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25. Nicki Minaj starred in 'Barber Shop: The Next Cut' as Draya
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