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Poet and actor Saul Williams will star in a musical this summer that will feature the works and is influenced by the music of Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. Despite reports Williams will be playing the slain rapper, it is instead a non-biographical story about two friends living in the Midwest.

The musical, Holla If Ya Hear Me, stars Williams who will play the character of John. Williams will be joined by Broadway veteran actors Chris Jackson as Vertus, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins as Ms. Weston, and Saycon Sengbloh as Corrine, among others. Holla If Ya Hear Me was written by Todd Kreidler and is directed by Kenny Leon, with choreography by Wayne Cilento.

More from the description:

Holler If Ya Hear Me is an original story set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city. The musical follows two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.

The previews for the show begin on May 29 with the show’s first open date happening on June 19. To learn more about Holla If Ya Hear Me, click here.

Watch a video featuring director Kenny Leon and writer Todd Kreidler, along with Wayne Cilento, below.

[NY Times]