After a publicized Broadway opening last month, the Tupac Shakur-inspired “Holler If Ya Hear Me” musical is reportedly coming to an end next weekend. #LastCall
According to reports, financial complications will force the production to stop Sunday (July 20).
In a statement on Monday night, one of the lead producers, Eric L. Gold, blamed the show’s closing on “the financial burdens of Broadway” and added, “I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway.” Mr. Gold also recently told Variety that he made a “rookie mistake” by underestimating the amount of capital necessary to keep the $8 million show running. (New York Times)
Producer Eric L. Gold acknowledged how much effort went into “Holler If Ya Hear Me.”
In his statement on Monday, Mr. Gold said: “We are so proud to be a part of this ground-breaking production. The cast, musicians, production and creative teams gave more than just their professional excellence but contributed their passion as well. 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.” He added, “Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world.” (New York Times)
Prior to being shot down, reports claimed poor ticket sales would have the musical end last month.
Looks like some prime Broadway real estate is about to become available. “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” the Tupac Shakur musical that opened Thursday at the Palace, may throw in the towel Sunday, production sources say. The show — henceforth to be known as “Holler If Anybody Buys a Ticket” — took in a measly $170,000 last week, making it the lowest-grossing show on Broadway. (NY Post)
Reports also claimed the vast majority of attendees were middle-aged women.
Broadway insiders doubt a rap musical can make it on Broadway, especially without a star above the title. “There is no demographic for this show,” says a veteran producer. “Middle-aged women buy the bulk of tickets, and they’re listening to ‘Tapestry,’ not ‘All Eyez on Me.’ ” (NY Post)