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  • 9 January 2014, 9:58

Tupac Shakur Musical To Open On Broadway

Gangster rap is coming to Broadway this year with a new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur's lyrics.

Holler If Ya Hear Me will open to audiences at the Palace Theatre in New York in June, it has been announced.

The non-biographical plot will centre around two friends who live in the inner city in the Midwest.

The title of the show takes its name from a song written by Shakur, known as 2Pac, from his second album which was released in 1993.

The song is autobiographical and refers to traumas experienced by the rapper himself.

Kenny Leon, who has previously worked on the Broadway hits Fences and The Mountaintop, will direct. The show had been announced previously, but was put on hold last year, reportedly because of a lack of available theatres.

The cast has not been revealed yet but Afeni Shakur, the late artist's mother, is producing.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that before his death in 1996 Shakur reportedly auditioned to play a Jedi in Stars Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

Rick Clifford, who worked at Shakur's label Death Row Records, said in an interview for the website 2Pac-Forum that the rapper had told him he had gone for a reading with George Lucas.

The part eventually went to Samuel L Jackson, who starred in the 1992 film Juice with Shakur.

Filming on Episode 1 began in June 1997, less than a year after the artist's murder the previous September.

In 2012 a hologram of Shakur performed songs with Snoop Dogg at the Coachella music festival in the US.

It is thought a biopic of the rapper is also in the pipeline.

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