PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 14-20: Tupac Shakur is Hollering on Broadway and James Franco Directs Downtown

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20 Jun 2014

Saul Williams, Dyllon Burnside and Joshua Boone
Saul Williams, Dyllon Burnside and Joshua Boone
Photo by Joan Marcus

Hip hop has hit the Great White Way in the new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me by Todd Kreidler with music by the late Tupac Shakur.


Holler is directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon and features a cast that includes Saycon Sengbloh, Saul Williams and Tonya Pinkins among many others.

The question begs: Are Broadway audiences ready to welcome a new genre of music to the Palace Theatre?

Previews began June 2, prior to an official opening June 19. Williams, who is making his Broadway debut, told Playbill, "Tupac is the Rambo of, I wouldn't just say hip-hop, but of American poetry." 

Check out's feature with Kenny Leon about his Tony win for A Raisin in the Sun and how it works in conjunction with Holler If Ya Hear Me.


Two of the entertainment industry's longtime legends passed this week.

Gerry Goffin, the award-winning songwriter and former husband of Carole King, played by Jake Epstein in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical currently running on Broadway, passed June 19. A Brooklyn native, Goffin was the writer behind many of today's most popular hits, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Natural Woman."

Barry Moss, a legendary casting director with 88 Broadway credits to his name, passed on June 18. Moss, who played an integral part in the launch of the Casting Society of America (CSA), was a talent manager and fostered some of the most influential names in the industry today who began as interns in his office. 


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