February 4, 2023

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'Ain't No Mo' to close on Broadway

‘Ain’t No Mo’ to close on Broadway

not la mo,” the hilarious and provocative new Broadway play that imagines the United States trying to end racism by offering to send black Americans to Africa, will close December 18, just over two weeks after opening.

The play is the third show this fall to abruptly interrupt its planned run on the basis of poor ticket sales, after the musical.kpop“The Gabriel Byrne Solo Show,”Walking with ghosts. “

The song “Ain’t No Mo,” written by and starring Jordan E. Cooper, had a vocal good reception Off Broadway, running at The Public Theater in 2019. The Broadway run Opened December 1st to me Positive reviewsbut sold poorly from the start.

Before the show begins on Friday night, Cooper he wrote in an Instagram post that the show is forced to leave and urged fans to purchase tickets to continue the show. “They have now posted an eviction notice,” he wrote. “But thank God, black people are immune from eviction notices.”

In a speech at the curtain call, Cooper was heartbroken. “It’s a tough time for shows of color on Broadway right now,” he said, adding, “If we’ve learned anything about this pandemic, it’s that the world must change, whether we want it to or not, and it’s Broadway’s turn to do the same.”

Last week — the week ending December 4 — the show made a paltry $120,901, well below its weekly running costs, and the average ticket price was $21.36, the lowest on Broadway. (The average ticket price for all shows that week was $128.34.)

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The show, directed by Stevie Walker Webb, was the first Broadway production project of Hollywood screenwriter, director and producer Lee Daniels, and the production team eventually included Black Entertainment Television, drag queen RuPaul Charles, playwright Jeremy O. Harris and actors Lena Whitty and Gabrielle Union, Football player CJ Uzumah, former basketball player Dwyane Wade and more. The offering capital was $5.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission; That money has not been recovered.

At the time of its closure, it had played 22 preview shows and 21 regular shows.