Holla If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical inspired by the poetry and lyrics of Tupac “2Pac” Shakur, has not been performing well compared to other plays in the famed theater district. According to a recent report, the play may close as a result of its struggling ticket sales.
The New York Post reported on Holla If Ya Hear Me‘s lagging box office performance, writing that the musical took in $170,000 thus making it the lowest grossing Broadway show. Much of the lack of zeal around the show, according to the Post, is that there isn’t a big-name star to pull people in. And despite being directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, who just took home one of the coveted trophies for his Raisin In The Sun work, there doesn’t seem to be interest on Broadway in a rap-themed musical.
The Post has more:
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.’ ”
It should be noted that no official word from the show’s producers indicate that the show is closing, and that the Post is largely speculating on the matter.