Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me bombs on Broadway

It's curtains for Holler If Ya Hear Me. Producers say the Tupac-inspired musical didn't cutting it at the box office, despite being the cheapest play on Broadway.

Rap musical to close after just 17 previews and 38 regular performances

The cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me performing in New York. The close July 20, 2014 after just 17 previews and 38 regular shows. (Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus/AP)

Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me that uses songs from one of hip-hop's greatest artists is closing after less than two months.

Producers said the show will close on July 20 at the Palace Theatre after playing just 17 previews and 38 regular performances. Producer Eric L. Gold in a statement cited "the financial burdens of Broadway" as the reason.

Failed to fill Broadway's lowest-priced seats

Holler was in financial trouble from the moment it debuted in early June. Last week, it managed to pull in only $155,000 from a potential of $917,000 — or less than 17 percent. Discounting had left the average ticket price at $38.44, easily Broadway's cheapest seat.

Singer Saul Williams played the late rapper Tupac Shakur, seen here a scene from the 1993 movie Poetic Justice. (Columbia Pictures/AP)

It stars slam poet and singer Saul Williams as a recently sprung inmate hoping to stay out of trouble, and Christopher Jackson as his buddy, whose need for familial revenge threatens more violence in their unnamed Midwestern city.

It features over 20 Shakur songs, including Holler If Ya Hear MeCalifornia LoveI Get AroundThugz MansionKeep Ya Head UpDear MamaMe Against the WorldUnconditional Love and Hail Mary

The rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur, was a producer of the show.


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