A Black Broadway Show Is Unexpectedly Closing and Twitter Is Outraged

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Audra McDonald and the cast of "Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" perform onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

A Black Broadway Show Is Unexpectedly Closing and Twitter Is Outraged

Why are people so mad Audra McDonald’s 'Shuffle Along' is shutting down?

Published June 24, 2016

Those who hoped to see the Tony-nominated Broadway show Shuffle Along in the coming months may be disappointed to learn that, after a three-month run, the show will be closing. If that's not disappointing enough, it's the so-called reason why that has fans outraged and venting on Twitter.

According to Broadway Black, the show's producer, Scott Rudin, said ticket sales plummeted after star Audra McDonald took her maternity leave. As a result, they've decided to scrap the show altogether.

"We are thrilled that she and her husband, Will Swenson, are experiencing the opportunity to expand their family — and we wish them all good things as they approach the birth of their child this fall," Rudin said. "It has, however, become clear that the need for Audra to take a prolonged and unexpected hiatus from the show has determined the unfortunate inevitability of our running at a loss for significantly longer than the show can responsibly absorb."

Following the announcement, fans of the show took to Twitter to express their outrage, especially about the producer blaming the cancellation on Audra's pregnancy. One person called the producer's comment sexist. See below.

Audra herself broke her silence on the sudden shuttering of her show, but avoided weighing in on the criticism against the producers:

This is unfortunate on so many levels, particularly since Shuffle Along is one of the few Black Broadway shows out there. But no doubt the talented cast will continue on to do great things.

Watch Audra McDonald speak on her passion for Broadway in the video above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)


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