Second time in a week broadway Missing a worthy production that attempted to find an audience that was involved but reached beyond the typical white, middle-aged demographic: Jordan E. Cooper’s there is no mo‘, often visionary, consistently great aForever’s fearless take on the stubborn subject of race in America by its Black creators and artists will close next week.
Creator Lee Daniels, who has championed the show since an acclaimed Off Broadway run in 2019, has announced that there is no mo’ will play its final performance on Sunday, December 18 at the Belasco Theatre. The production would have played just 22 previews and 21 regular performances since its first Broadway preview on November 9.
announcement comes a few days later kpop, a musical based on the Korean pop music genre known as K-pop, and featuring a young Korean cast, many making their Broadway debuts, confirmed that it will open Sunday, December 11 at the Circle in the Square Theater I will perform my last performance. It may have only played 17 regular performances after 44 previews.
Both productions struggled at the box office in their first few weeks. kpop The Circle took in a measly $126,493 at the Square box office last week, filling about 72% of the seats with ticket prices averaging so low an average of $32.06 was an unforgivable situation to continue running.
there is no mo’ Was in a similar bind. Last week the production – a series of outlandishly funny and deeply affecting sketches that posits a future when the US government sends black citizens back to Africa – took only $120,901 at the box office, garnering 69% of seats at Belasco. Prepared with $21.36. Average ticket price.
Producer Daniel said, “When I first saw There is no mo’, It shook me to the core. I know firsthand how this world – and the industry – doesn’t always embrace our stories and I vowed to do everything I could to bring Jordan’s intriguing play to Broadway in her unique voice and perspective. It was my intention to create history with this play. I am proud to say that we did. Jordan E. Cooper is now the youngest black American playwright in Broadway history There is no mo’. I couldn’t be more proud of our amazing cast and crew. This is not the end.”
for its part, kpop Also made history: The musical was the first Broadway production to feature Korean stories written by Korean American creatives, with 18 cast members, all of AAPI descent, making their Broadway debuts.