Tupac Shakur musical to close on Broadway

Christopher Jackson, right, and Tonya Pinkins in a scene from Holler If Ya Hear Me at the Palace Theatre in New York. The musical uses Tupac Shakur’s songs including Me Against the World and  California Love. Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus / AP photo
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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 today that the show will close next week at the Palace Theatre after playing just 17 previews and 38 regular performances.

The producer Eric L Gold in a statement cited “the financial burdens of Broadway” for the reason.

The show was in financial trouble from the moment it debuted in early June. Last week, it managed to pull in only US$155,000 from a potential of $917,000 – or less than 17 per cent. Discounting had left the average ticket price at $38.44, easily Brodway’s cheapest seat.