Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical to Shut Down Early
Rap music in Broadway? Apparently not! Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical based on the music of late rapper Tupac Shakur is closing early.
The musical opened at New York City’s Palace Theatre on 19 June and will run for the last time on 20 July – less than two months after its Broadway debut.
Producer Eric L. Gold announced on 14 July that the show has been cancelled due to declining sales.
"We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... 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,” he added.
The production, which cost $8 million to stage, has received mixed reviews since it started previewing on 2 June. Due to the financial burdens of Broadway, Gold added that he was unable to sustain the production any longer, but added that the rapper’s social insight deserves to be seen around the world.
Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by murdered rapper Tupac’s lyrics and was led by hip-hop poet Saul Williams. The musical featured more than 20 of Tupac’s song, including California Love, Dear Mama, Unconditional Love and Me Against the World.
Although Tupac died more than 17 years ago, his legacy has lived on. The rapper was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on 7 September 1996. He died six days later.
His popularity has sparked a number of conspiracy theories about his life and death, with many claiming that the American rapper is still alive – in fact, the CIA celebrated the anniversary of twitter on 7 July by tweeting: @CIA “No, we don’t know where Tupac is. #twitterversary.”