Review: Holler If Ya Hear Me

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company brings the lyrical poetry of Tupac Shakur to the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 Holler If Ya Hear Me Playbill in theatre

Holler If Ya Hear Me Playbill in theatre

Director Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include Stick Fly, A Raisin in the Sun, The Mountaintop and more.  His theatre company based in Atlanta, Georgia is known to produce first-class productions and Holler If Ya Hear Me does not disappoint.   Written by Todd Kreidler, the musical production is the prefect mix of drama, song, and dance.

Holler If Ya Hear Me debuted on Broadway in 2014 starring spoken word artist Saul Williams. The musical is about a young man who is recently released from prison trying to make a new way in his old neighborhood.  The dialog is laced between about 20 Tupac songs release before and after his death.  Songs covered include "Me Against the World", "Dear Mama", "Dopefiend's Diner", and "Only God Can Judge Me". 

I guess cause I’m black born
I’m suppose to say peace, sing songs, and get capped on
But its time for a new plan, BAM!
I’ll be swinging like a one man, clan.
— Tupac Amaru Shakur

The Atlanta cast and ensemble is full of local and young talent.  One of the main characters, John, is played by Rob Demery who was recently in the Atlanta production Too Heavy For Your Pocket.  MTV's Making the Band star and new TV series actress D.Woods is cast as Corinne, a level headed sister trying to keep peace in the neighborhood. There are also several students and alumni of the Atlanta University Center.

Waiting for the day to let the rage free
Still me till they kill me
I love it when they fear me
Holler if ya hear me
— Tupac Amaru Shakur

The production is very well done. From the casting to the choreography this musical delivers.  But most important is the message to the youth during these trouble times.   If time and availability allows, please go support this show.  Tickets can be purchased here.