“Holler If You Hear Me” is a musical worth shouting about and investing in for an afternoon or evening of moving, high-spirited entertainment.
But time is running out for a rare opportunity to catch Broadway at its best because “Holler” closes on July 20th. Culled from the music and poetry of Tupac Shakur, “Holler” gives glimpses of racism, gang violence, Black on Black crime, loyalty, love and family.
The strife in the stories told as the lives of the characters unfold on stage are heart wrenching. But hope and change do prevail. And whether one relates to the raps of 2Pac or not, the music and dancing is infectious. Young and old moved to the music and danced in their seats.
Tupac’s untimely death didn’t just leave his fans grieving but without closure because the killer was never caught. Witnessing Saul Williams conjuring up the spirit of Tupac initiated overwhelming, exuberant sentiments. So much so, after leaving the theater there was an eagerness to return home and pull out all the 2Pac CDs.
Audiences are not only able to celebrate the life and lyrics of Tupac at the Palace Theater in New York City, but they can also enjoy a Hip-Hop exhibition curated by The National Museum of Hip-Hop (NMoH) in the lobby. The exhibition invites patrons to learn about the history of Hip-Hop through one-of-a-kind artifacts and memorabilia, interact with “Dreams Walls” by inscribing it with their dreams, and view a dynamic mural featuring the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop: DJing, Emceeing, B-Boxing and Graffiti. “Holler If Ya Hear Me” ticket holders can view the exhibition at no additional cost one hour prior to each performance. The exhibition will continue throughout the run of the production.
Written by Todd Kreidler, directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, and co-produced by Afeni Shakur, “Holler If Ya Hear Me” also stars Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, Dyllon Burnside, and Jahi Kearse.
In addition, the cast features Tracee Beazer, Afi Bijou, Mel Charlot, Carrie Compere, Otis Cotton, Ryan Davis, Brandon Gill, Ari Groover, F. Michael Haynie, Jared Joseph, Muata Langley, Candace Maxwell, Valentine Norton, Christina Sajous, Charlene “Chi Chi” Smith, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Donald Webber, Jr. and Joaquina Kalukango.