The music of Tupac Shakur lives on through radio, videos, the internet and now through a musical. That's right, the late rapper's music will be featured in a stage show; however, the big "B" (Broadway) doesn't have any available theaters. So for now the musical has been put on hold.
The production, titled "Holler If Ya Hear Me", is not a biography of Tupac's life. It's merely a love story that uses his songs to guide the story. The musical is ready for the stage and has been approved by Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur who is also a co-producer of the show.
Theater director, Kenny Leon, who assisted with the production, wants to assure the audience that the message of this musical is non-violent. Tupac's persona in the media has always been portrayed as a rapper who only rapped about being reckless, as opposed to the songs he had about not giving up on life and supporting single mothers.
"When you look at the lyrics of his music, he was always talking about universal things like honor, betrayal, family," Leon said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He also explained the reason for the hold up on the musical by stating, "there's a backlog in available theaters."
Tupac died of complications from a shooting in 1996.