After just six weeks on Broadway, Holler If Ya Hear Me will close.
The Tupac-inspired musical infused the late musician’s lyrics into an urban setting which took an in-depth look into the struggles of a neglected community.
“It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway,” producer Eric L. Gold said in a statement. “Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world.”
Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, the show is one of the worst-selling musicals in recent years, the New York Times reports. The production grossed $154,948 last week — only 17% of what it could have earned.
The musical, which started previews on June 2 and officially opened June 19, played 38 performances and 17 preview shows.
Holler If Ya Hear Me is scheduled to end its run on July 20.
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