Back in January, a Broadway play inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur was given a May 26th previewing date at New York City’s Palace Theatre. The play, titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, is a tale of two childhood friends and the struggles they face living in Urban America. Holler If Ya Hear Me was written by Todd Kreidler and produced in part by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

With the previewing date inching closer and closer, the cast of the play has been announced and Saul Williams, a spoken word poet veteran who starred in the 1998 film Slam will star in the play. Williams is an accomplished author and musician and has worked with Nas and appeared on the 1998 compilation album, Lyricist Lounge, Volume One. It is unclear what role Williams will play.

Other performers for the play include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside. Holler If Ya Hear Me will open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.—Peter Walsh 

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