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  • 15 July 2014, 11:48

Tupac Musical Proves To Be A Broadway Flop

A Broadway musical based on the life of the late rapper Tupac Shakur is to close after less than two months.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, which uses the hiphop artist's songs, will be performed at the Palace Theatre in New York for the last time on Sunday.

Producer Eric L Gold cited in a statement "the financial burdens of Broadway" as the reason.

The show was in financial trouble from the moment it debuted in early June.

Last week, it managed to pull in only $155,000 (90,000) from a potential of $917,000 - or less than 17%.

The play was an ambitious project for Broadway which generally attracts an older, white audience. Some have said it may have benefited from a out-of-town test run or a national tour for more receptive audiences.

Reviews for the show were mixed, with the New York Times saying it was "heavy-handed" with its message and Variety calling it predictable with "clumsy characterisations".

It has played just 17 previews and 38 regular performances.

Shakur was shot dead aged 25 in Las Vegas in 1996 but has remained a cult figure in the music industry.