(AllHipHop News) Holler If Ya Hear Me was bringing Hip Hop to Broadway, but according to reports the musical has not been bringing audience members to the seats. As a result, the 2Pac-inspired show will be shut down after only six weeks.
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“I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway,” said lead producer Eric L. Gold in a statement.
The play centered around the music and lyrics of rap icon Tupac Shakur. Holler If Ya Hear Me starred accomplished spoken word artist and musician Saul Williams, and was directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun).
The New York Times referred to Holler as "one of the worst-selling musicals in recent years." Last week the show only managed to occupy 45% of the seats at the Palace Theatre. The production was never able to bring in more that $175,000 a week in gross revenues. The critical response to Holler was also lukewarm.
"My hope is that a production of this caliber, powerful in its story-telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves," added Gold. "Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
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