What is the takeaway from Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new Tupac Shakur musical, now playing on Broadway???
We're not sure what the message of the show is - and that's not a good thing!
What we do know is that it's bleak, depressing and disappointing on so many levels.
A risky move, the creators and producers of the show decided to NOT tell the story of Tupac. Instead they told a story about gun violence and drugs that was not as effective or powerful as the Shakur songs used throughout the show.
Beautiful is beautiful because it's a real story about real emotions and experiences that we can all relate to.
Same with Motown.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, unfortunately, is trying to be a little too ambitious and feels extremely undercooked.
We didn't need a "traditional" musical about Tupac. Something bolder and braver would have been quite brilliant. An exploration on politics, race relations or a myriad of other issues (many or one) would have been much more effective.
The traditional musical NOT about Shakur that is Holler If Ya Hear Me is lacking the passion and vibrancy that Tupac had.
There is very little dancing, which shocked us.
And there's very little of everything. The set is lacking and the whole production seems like it was done on a budget.
Multimedia, video, illustrations - all that could have added so much more!
This show would have worked better in a small off-Broadway theater downtown… after a lot more workshopping and revisions!
We missed the spunk. We missed the light.
You can miss Holler If Ya Hear Me!