AIN’T NO MO’ Will Close Early on Broadway 

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Jordan E. Cooper | Photo: Joan Marcus

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Dan Meyer
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December 9, 2022 9:10 PM
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It’s the final boarding call for a new play on Broadway. Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’, which opened at the Belasco Theatre on December 1, will close shortly. The final performance will be December 18.

In his Theatrely review, Joey Sims said of the show, “It feels almost rote to declare Ain’t No Mo’, a play so uproariously, daringly, and satisfyingly true to itself, as groundbreaking....but it’s simply true: this is both a powerful and remarkable play... [it] cannot be missed.” No reason was given for the early closing but low ticket sales have been reported in the weekly grosses from the Broadway League.

Ain’t No Mo’ hypothesizes what would happen like if the U.S. government offered Black Americans a free, one-way ticket back to Africa. What follows is a searing exploration of culture, racism, classism, and more. It’s structured as short vignettes set in a funeral home, a health clinic, and a Real Housewives-esque reunion set, among other places, split between monologues by a flight attendant named Peaches, who is working the gate of the last flight.

The cast features Fedna Jacquet, Marchánt Davis, Shannon Matesk, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, and Crystal Lucas-Perry as the numbered passengers (similar to the Thoughts in A Strange Loop), in addition to Cooper as Peaches. The understudies are Nik Alexander, Jasminn Johnson, Michael Rishawn, Kedren Spencer, Brennie Tellu, and Emma Van Lare.

Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, making his Broadway debut, Ain’t No Mo’ features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Adam Honoré, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Taylor Williams, and wig design by Mia M. Neal. Wagner Johnson Productions will serve as general manager and executive producer. Oscar nominee Lee Daniels is lead producer, with NBA champion Dwyane Wade, Hollywood favorite Gabrielle Union and drag queen superstar RuPaul as co-producers.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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