Posted : 2014-04-15 19:40
Updated : 2014-04-15 19:40

Korean producer joins Tupac Shakur musical on Broadway

By Chung Ah-young

Shin Chun-soo
Korean producer Shin Chun-soo will put on a new musical inspired by American legendary rapper Tupac Shakur's music on Broadway next month.

"Holler If Ya Hear Me" is one of the most anticipated musicals on Broadway, which will see preview performances from May 26 and then officially open on June 19 at the Palace Theater.

Shin, CEO of OD Musical Company in Korea, has joined as one of the producers who include the late rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold and Jessica Green.

Previously, other Korean producers participated in co-productions on Broadway but this is the first time for one to have overall control of the story development.

He built up his reputation through the successful revival of "Dreamgirls" co-produced with John F. Breglio in 2009 on Broadway.

The musical is based on the legendary rapper's lyrics and tunes such as "Me Against the World," "California Love," and "Keep Ya Head Up."

Shakur was an iconic hip-hop musician who was shot in a drive-by shooting and died in 1996 at the age of 25. The themes of his songs touched upon social issues such as violence and racism.

The musical will not be a biographical story ― rather it will portray a story revolving around two childhood friends and their families on the streets of a Midwest industrial city chasing their dreams and hopes.

Kenny Leon, renowned for his 2010 revival of "Fences" and "A Raisin in the Sun," will direct the musical written by Todd Kreidler.

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