“If ya take your time to hear me, maybe you can learn to cheer me”
For those familiar with Tupac Shakur you’d know there’s a nature to his lyrics that are felt through not only his songs but also in his poetry. Now for the first time on Broadway, Holler If Ya Hear Me will bring these words to life on stage. The show has been described as a “riveting story about friendship, love, change, family, and hope – an original work that is at once a love story and an unretouched picture of life in the streets”. Songs featured include “Me Against the World,” “California Love”, “Keep Ya Head Up,” and, of course: “Holler if Ya Hear Me”.
Wicked choreographer Wayne Cilento is on board, along with Shakur’s mother Afeni and Eric Gold (The Waynes Brothers). In New York they’ve been passing out vouchers via Eventbrite, so if you’re lucky to grab a flyer there are limited complimentary seats available.
“I Cry” by Tupac Shakur
Sometimes when I’m alone
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confide in,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
and no one cares about why.