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HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME to Open on Broadway in Jun 2014

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME to open on Broadway in June 2014

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, written by Todd Kreidler, directed by Kenny Leon, will begin performances on May 26, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).

Casting and ticketing information will be announced soon.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics, blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges they face in this entertaining and original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, we are given a window into realities of the streets still relevant today.

Joining director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun [2004 and 2014], Fences [2010], The Mountaintop) and author Todd Kreidler (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and direction of How I Learned What I Learned), on the creative team are Tony Award® winning choreographer Wayne Cilento (Wicked, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed…[1995], AIDA, Sweet Charity [2004]), and musical supervisor Daryl Waters (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, The Color Purple, Memphis).

The design team includes sets and video by Tony Award® winner David Gallo (The Mountaintop, The Drowsy Chaperone, Memphis), costumes by Reggie Ray (Stick Fly), lighting by Mike Baldassari (Beauty and the Beast [Europe], Cabaret [1998], Nine [movie]) and sound by John Shivers (Kinky Boots) and David Patridge (Soul Doctor).

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME is produced on Broadway by Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green.  General Manager is Richard Martini for KL Management.


TUPAC SHAKUR (1971-1996) was an American rapper, actor and poet.  Among the world’s best-selling musical artists, he is considered by many to be the voice of his generation.  Channeling his passion for social justice into his writing, Shakur’s uncompromising honesty made him a lightning rod for controversy during his lifetime.  Yet his music and message have withstood the test of time and are today embraced by millions of fans around the world, as well as an eclectic group that includes the Library of Congress, which added “Dear Mama” to the National Recording Registry, and The Vatican, which included “Changes” on its official playlist.  Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington are among several schools that offer classes about Tupac and his writing.  At the height of his phenomenal success, Tupac was murdered in 1996 at just 25 years old.  With his movie roles receiving critical acclaim, his book of poetry The Rose That Grew From Concrete becoming a New York Times best seller, Tupac Resurrection, a vivid depiction of his life and death, receiving an Oscar® nomination for Best Documentary (Feature), and more than 77 million albums sold worldwide, Tupac’s ultimate triumph may prove to be his enduring ability to inspire and challenge future generations.

KENNY LEON (Director) is an acclaimed Broadway and film director whose recent work includes “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” for Walden Media and Hallmark and the Sony and Lifetime TV adaptation of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah.  His Broadway credits include The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, the Alicia Keys-produced Stick Fly, August Wilson’s Fences starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis which garnered10 Tony® Nominations including Best Director, the 2004 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf and the upcoming 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington. Mr. Leon is the artistic director of True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

TODD KREIDLER (Book) is writing a musical with Nikki Sixx, based on Sixx’s memoir and music, The Heroin Diaries, and co-writing a musical adaptation of the film Drumline. His stage adaptation of the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner premiered at True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta and also played at  Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Most recently, Todd directed August Wilson’s one-man show How I Learned What I Learned at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre. He originally directed and co-conceived the piece with Mr. Wilson performing at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003. On Broadway, he was dramaturg on Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean. He co-founded the August Wilson Monologue Competition, a national program aimed at integrating August Wilson’s work into high school curriculum.

WAYNE CILENTO (Choreography). Nominated for seven Tony® Awards, Cilento won his first for his choreography for the Broadway production of The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award, Fred Astaire Award, Olivier Nomination).  Broadway:  six Tony Award nominations are for his choreographic work on How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (starring Matthew Broderick), Dream:  the Johnny Mercer Musical (which he also directed), the 2004 revival of Sweet Charity, Baby, Wicked and Dancin’ (Best Featured Actor in a Musical).  He also choreographed Aida on Broadway, on Tour and the productions in Germany and Amsterdam as well as the Broadway production of Jerry Herman’s Jerry’s Girls.  Cilento was a member of the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line (‘Mike’).  He has also directed and choreographed commercials and concerts for Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Chita Rivera, Billy Joel, Donna Summer, Pete Townshend, Alicia Keys and the Jonas Brothers.

DARYL WATERS (Music Supervision): After Midnight; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; Street Corner Symphony (Broadway); A Civil War Christmas (Off-Broadway); Love U, Teresa (Asia); Turn of the Century (Regional). Orchestrations: Memphis (Tony®/Drama Desk Awards); Love U, Teresa (Asia); Noise/Funk, Street Corner Symphony (Broadway). Dance music arrangements: The Color Purple, Jelly’s Last Jam (Broadway). Music direction: The Seven, The Colored Museum (Off-Broadway). Original music: Noise/Funk (Tony®/Grammy® nominations), Drowning Crow (Broadway); In Real Life, Blue Door (Off-Broadway). Mr. Waters was the longtime music director/conductor for Eartha Kitt. He is a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.

DAVID GALLO (Set and Video Design) is a Tony Award®-winning set designer and visual storyteller for live theatricals, concerts and immersive experiences.  Mr. Gallo has designed over 30 Broadway productions including First Date, The MountaintopMemphis and The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award®).  His designs for Stage Entertainment, Disney, DreamWorks, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, PBS, Atlantis and S2BN can currently be seen across 5 continents.  Mr. Gallo’s paintings for A View from the Bridge are in the Smithsonian Institution Archive in Washington, D.C.  To learn more, visit

REGGIE RAY (Costume Design) recently designed the costumes for Stick Fly on Broadway.  Ray has served the theatre community for over 30 years, working in theatres throughout the US, and has been blessed with tremendous recognition from that community. He has received The Kevin Klein Award (St. Louis) for Crowns, nominated for six Helen Hayes Awards (received two), three Giorgee Awards (Houston), Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Crowns, Suzi Bass Award (Atlanta) nomination for Rejoice, 2 Cleveland Critic’s Awards for The Taming of the Shrew and The Wiz, The National Black Theatre Festival for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for American Theatre and the Entertainment Industry 2009 Honoree. Howard University Department of Theatre Arts, Professor, and U.S.A. Local 829/ I.A.T.S.E. He dedicates all he does to his magnificent Mother and Father.

MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design) – Tony® and Emmy® nominated Designer whose work has been seen in 25+ countries. Theatrical Lighting for the movie musicals: Rock of Ages, Nine.  Other Films: Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Going the Distance, Neil Young Trunk Show.  Co-designed the Broadway hit revival of Cabaret, receiving Tony® and Drama Desk Award Nominations and the Entertainment Design Award.  Recent Broadway: First Date. More than a dozen US national tours.  Europe:  Beauty and the Beast – Europe, ten+ companies.  Production Designer:  Alice in Chains, co-designed Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams.  Lighting Director for Neil’s Harvest Moon.   TV:  SNL’s Digital Shorts, concerts: Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks Central Park.

JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design) Broadway: Kinky Boots(2013 Tony Award® recipient for best sound design), Leap of Faith,Bonnie and Clyde, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, SisterAct, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. Regional: Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the Seven Hoods, Sammy andAce. Associate credits include: Worldwide productions of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business…’95, Big, The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls, and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits include: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hinesand engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John has a gem of a daughter, Ruby.

DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Designer).  Broadway: Soul Doctor. National Tours: Flashdance The Musical, Mamma Mia! Broadway, as Assoc. Sound Designer: Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman, Leap Of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, Tarzan, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and In My Life. Regional: Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin And The 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty And The Beast, Singin’ In The Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. David received the Kevin Kline Award for Best Sound Design for Ace together with John Shivers and he feels fortunate to be able to continue his long-time collaboration with John on this project.

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Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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