Saul Williams Addresses ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Closing [VIDEO]
In a few days, the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me,' will come to a close, which leaves the question of whether a hip-hop-inspired play can make it on Broadway.
As we previously reported, lead producer Eric L. Gold cited poor ticket sales and production costs as the reason why the production is ending its run this Sunday (July 20).
"We are so proud to be a part of this ground-breaking production," he said in a statement. "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 caliber, powerful in its story-telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"Tupac’s urgent socially important insights and the audiences’ nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world," he added.
Directed by Kenny Leon and starring award-winning slam poet Saul Williams, the production centers on a fictional tale about an ex-con who comes home from prison looking to change himself and ultimately change the people around him in his community. The play doesn't tell the life story of the late rapper but rather uses his music to support the story line.
Obviously, Williams is disappointed over the closing of the play and issued a statement.
"Broadway seems to be run by the politics of Disney,” Williams told TheUrbanDaily.com in a statement after finding out the production would end on Sunday August 20th. “We have animated our souls for this production. The response sheds light on how much of a struggle is still before us. If politics have no place in theater then theater will lose its place in society."
Mr. Gold also expressed concern that with the closing of the Tupac musical it would be very hard to have another hip-hop-inspired production on Broadway.
Hopefully, this is not the case. In light of 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' ending its Broadway run, we encourage Tupac fans to keep their heads up.