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Tupac Musical Premieres On Broadway In June — Tha Wire [VIDEO]

As previously announced last year, the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical, ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me,’ will be making its debut on Broadway this summer. 

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

Opening night for the $8 million production is slated to take place on June 19 at the Palace Theater in New York.  However Rolling Stone Magazine reports they’ll be some preview showings, and they’re scheduled to go down on May 26.

So you’ll know, the musical is about two childhood friends from the Midwest who rise above their poverty to chase their dreams.  Best of all the production has the blessing of Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur, who also serves as one the producers along with theater producer Shin Chun-soo.  The musical was written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

Learn even more below inside Tha Wire.

In other news, its official OutKast will reunite onstage at the 2014 Coachella Music & Arts Festival.  Andre 3000 and Big Boi will headline the event, taking place back-to-back weekends in Indio, Calif April 11-13 and April 18-20.  Aside from the Outkast dynamic duo artist like NasSolangePharrell, and Kid Cudi, just to name a few.

Here’s a look at the entire 2014 Coachella Line-up:

Fri., April 11 & 18:

Outkast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys

Sat., April 12 & 19:

Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head And The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City And Colour, CHVRCHES, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked And Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segall, DARKSIDE, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Mvula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints Of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners

Sun., April 13 & 20:

Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratking, Jhene Aiko, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Lunoe, The Martinez Brothers, Scuba, John Beaver

Finally, in case you haven’t heard Jennifer Hudson was honored at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night (Jan. 8), and her reaction to receiving an award was touching.  Here’s a look at Jennifer talking about her foundation with Queen Latifah.

A vision in white, J-Hud was moved to tears as a video played to showcase her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation.  In honor of her late nephew Julian King, she started the organization with his mother and her sister, Julia Hudson.

To accept her award, Hudson brought her sister on stage and repeated something she said when she won the Academy Award for her role in ‘Dreamgirls’ in 2007:

“I want to start by saying what I said when I won an Oscar. Look what God can do.”  She continued, “That’s what we want to instill in our children, if we can do it, you can do it, too,” the singer continued. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity and have so much of what we have, but it’s nothing compared to making a difference… Where we come from and who shot who, but we want to show that’s it’s starting at home. It’s starting in Chicago.”

 

The mission of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation is to find ways to provide a stable and positive environment for kids so that they can grow to become confident and happy adults.  For even more details on this and all of the above, listen to Tha Wire now.   

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