Musical Inspired By Tupac Heading To Broadway

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March 4, 2012 | 8:51pm EST

The music of late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur is heading to Broadway as part of a new musical.
Director Kenny Leon was inspired by the Changes hitmaker to write Holler If Ya Hear Me, about two childhood friends in the Midwest and their extended families.

And Leon has gained the approval of the tragic star’s famously protective mother Afeni Shakur to stage the show with the rapper’s music.

A representative for Shakur tells she is “ecstatic” about the planned production and excited to see the musical onstage.

Casting for black rappers and white actors who can play guitar began in New York on Sunday.

A start date for Holler If Ya Hear Me has yet to be announced.

Leon previously took charge of Denzel Washington’s Tony Award-winning drama Fences, and recently worked on Alicia Keys’ play Stick Fly.