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Theater: Broadway’s Tupac musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” To Close July 20

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“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the hip-hop musical inspired by the lyrics and poetry of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will close July 20, according to an announcement made by the show’s producers today.

“Holler,” which is directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon and stars slam poet/musician Saul Williams and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, began previews June 2 and officially opened June 19. As of its announced closing date, “Holler” will have played 38 regular performances and 17 preview performances.

Though lauded for the raw intensity of the music and performances by Williams and Pinkins, “Holler” received mostly mixed reviews with many critics noting that the book by Todd Kreidler seemed a bit too formulaic. Insiders also voiced doubts about how well the show would appeal to Broadway audiences.

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In a press release, producer Eric L. Gold – speaking on behalf of the team of producers, 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 calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves. It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world.”

 

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