"Holler if Ya Hear Me," known to many on Broadway simply as the Tupac Shakur musical, officially opened in New York at the
It remains unclear how the musical will fare commercially on Broadway, whose core demographic isn't usually the type that listens to rap music. Reviews of the show aren't bound to help, either.
Charles Isherwood of the New York Times described the musical as "heartfelt but heavy-handed, as it punches home its message with a relentlessness that may soon leave you numb to the tragic story it's trying to tell." Still, the show "admirably yanks the jukebox musical, which has mostly been mired in the hit parade of the baby-boomer years, into the last decade of the 20th century."
Jesse Green of New York magazine called the show "oddly vague,"adding that the musical "has a big problem with stylistic monotony. Emotional monotony, too." Director Kenny Leon "seems to have been in a bit of a rush here, relying too often on stereotyped or shorthand gestures, movement patterns, and effects."