The Tupac musical that just opened on Broadway six weeks ago is closing, plagued by poor ticket sales and financial struggles.
"Holler If Ya Hear Me," a Kenny Leon-directed show based on the songs and poems of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will end its run July 20 after just 17 preview performances and 38 regular performances at New York's Palace Theater, the Los Angeles Times reported
In what The New York Times dubbed "one of the worst-selling musicals
of recent years," the $8 million production never could gross more than $175,000 a week.
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"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. 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," he continued.
Shakur was just reaching the full height of his career when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996 at the age of 25. His killing remains unsolved, though conspiracy theories have swirled for years in the hip-hop industry over who was responsible for the murder.
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