The Broadway show is reported to be one of the worst-selling musicals of recent years.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the stage musical based on Tupac’s songs, is set to close this Sunday after just six weeks at the Palace Theatre in New York.
One of the show’s producers, Eric L. Gold, blamed the closure 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.” He had previously admitted making a “rookie mistake” by underestimating the money needed to keep the $8 million show running.
The New York Times reports that Holler If Ya Hear Me has become one of the worst-selling musicals of recent years, never bringing in more than $175,000 a week in gross revenues. Last week only 45% of the theatre’s seats were occupied.
“My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story-telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves,” said Gold in a statement, adding: “Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world.”
Watch a clip of the musical below and check out three tracks from the show, including the weirdest version of ‘California Love’ you’ll ever hear.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited Tupac biopic is also expected in the next year or so, helmed by Boyz In The Hood director John Singleton and featuring music by Ashanti. [via Pitchfork]