Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical directed by Kenny Leon and starring Saul Williams, was forced to close Sunday after one month and only 55 performances. Last week, producer Eric Gold blamed the "financial burdens of Broadway" on the musical's demise, which starred Williams as an ex-con in a midwestern city trying to right his life.
Despite the musical's untimely end, Williams remains optimistic about the show and the future of hip-hop-themed musicals in general, telling Rolling Stone that this is hardly the first project he's done to experience pushback. "This has been the response to everything I've ever fucking done," says Williams. "I've been trying to push the envelope my entire fucking career."