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Tupac Shakur musical on hold

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Sep 06, 2013 | 7:01am EDT

A stage show featuring the music of late rapper Tupac Shakur has been put on hold due to a lack of available theatres on Broadway. Acclaimed director Kenny Leon has helped put together the project, titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, with the blessing of the California Love hitmaker's mother, Afeni Shakur, and the show is now ready for the stage. However, Leon admits he is facing a long wait to premiere the musical because Broadway's theatres are so booked up. He tells the Wall Street Journal, "There's a backlog in available theaters." The non-biographical show features a love story set to the rapper's songs, and Leon is adamant the musical's anti-violence message will prove popular when it finally hits the stage. He is also full of praise for his multi-talented cast, adding, "We had to have a group of actors that could sing, that could rap, that could dance - that could do hip-hop dance as well as straightforward Broadway musical dance. We had to have a good mix of 24 people who could do it all, but above all we needed actors who could tell the story." Shakur was killed in a shooting in 1996.

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