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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saul Williams as John and Saycon Sengbloh as Corinne in 'Holler if Ya Hear Me.' Saul Williams as John and Saycon Sengbloh as Corinne in 'Holler if Ya Hear Me.' (© Joan Marcus)

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.

Comments [2]


Closing announced. Will have played just 17 previews and 38 regular performances.

Jul. 14 2014 07:21 PM

The show has been running at a huge loss since the first preview, drawing the smallest audiences on Broadway in years, and its closing is expected to be announced shortly after just a few performances. And get your facts straight. Tupac did NOT write the music (if it can be called that).

Jun. 25 2014 11:53 AM

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