The '90s Jukebox Sounds Different

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Saul Williams as John and Saycon Sengbloh as Corinne in 'Holler if Ya Hear Me.'

Broadway's latest jukebox musical — a show built around pre-existing songs — is a new twist on this now-familiar theatrical form. Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by music of the late rap star Tupac Shakur. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood discusses the show, its source material, the fictional story created to support the music and the challenges of turning a highly theatrical music form into actual theater.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, which features more than a dozen of Shakur's songs and some of his poetry, was written Todd Kreidler and is directed by Kenny Leon, who just won a Tony for the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. It's now playing at the Palace Theater.