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不是莫’ Earns Broadway Extension as Stars Rally in Support: ‘We Are Still Fighting

Playwright/Actor Jordan E. Cooper during the opening night curtain call for the new play "Ain't No Mo'" on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on December 1, 2022 在纽约市.

Playwright/Actor Jordan E. Cooper during the opening night curtain call for the new play "Ain't No Mo'" on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on December 1, 2022 在纽约市.

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Stars are aligning to keep the acclaimed new play 不是莫’ 在百老汇.

演出, written by 27-year-old Jordan E. 库柏 (the youngest American playwright in Broadway history) and produced by Lee Daniels, was set to close on Dec. 18, less than three weeks after its Dec. 1 opening night.

Cooper and a star-studded group of supporters used the #saveAINTNOMO campaign to keep it alive, and at Thursday night’s performance, they announced a one-week extension. Now it’ll run at least until Dec. 23.

We are still fighting, but we’re not closing this week anymore! Y’all are some MIGHTY MIGHTY warriors, I can’t thank you enough for fighting with us,” 库柏 写了 在 Instagram 上. “Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket or sponsored one, or posted, or shared, or told someone about the show. We’ve had sold out audiences all week.

Cooper then thanked a list of celebrity fans for theirCRAZY contributions,” 包含 威尔史密斯, 贾达·萍克特·史密斯, 泰勒佩里, 加布里埃尔·尤尼恩, 德怀恩·韦德, 萨拉·拉米雷斯, Shanda Rhimes, Queen Latifah and more. “THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Thank you God, you really be moving. Let’s keep going, y’all.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Cooper says, “I’m so incredibly honored and grateful that these amazing artists I’ve admired have radically stepped up. Not only to say that this show belongs on Broadway, but that shows just like it also belongs there.

It takes time to build an audience when you don’t come to Broadway with pre-buzz, IP or a celebrity lead. Especially for shows of color who’s audiences don’t traditionally believe that anything on Broadway concerns them,” the star continues. “Marketing has to look different for us, it takes time. Artists who’ve come before me have worked hard on this, I’m glad to continue that fight, and I’m glad all of these amazingly generous people have joined us on the battlefield.

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This surge of celebrity support follows in the wake of Cooper’s open letter to save the show, in which he calls forall hands on deck with urgency.In the letter, Cooper also compares the play to The Wiz, 哪一个, despite receiving a closing notice on its opening night in 1975, went on to be a hit.

“不是莫’ needs your help! It’s a new original play that’s BLACK AF, which are both things that make it hard to sell on Broadway,” the playwright and star wrote in his letter. “Now they’ve posted an eviction notice, we ‘must closeDecember 18th. But thank God black people are immune to eviction notices.

People are coming and calling it the best theatrical experience of their life, but traditional Broadway marketing doesn’t work for this kind of show,” 他继续. “We’re doing something new on Broadway but is Broadway ready? I believe great things happen in this world when the world ain’t ready.

an interview with 种类, Cooper explained thatit takes more than a week to build an audience.

Fedna Jacquet, Shannon Matesky, Jordan E. 库柏, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Marchánt Davis during the opening night curtain call for the new play "Ain't No Mo'" on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on December 1, 2022 在纽约市.

Fedna Jacquet, Shannon Matesky, Jordan E. 库柏, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Marchánt Davis during the opening night curtain call for the new play "Ain't No Mo'" on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on December 1, 2022 在纽约市.

Opening night of 不是莫’.
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Shows like this need time to build buzz,” 他说. “Our disadvantage was that we didn’t go straight from Off Broadway to Broadway because of COVID. We had to build our buzz from the ground up, and it takes more than two weeks to do that.

The playwright also thanked the stars and fans who’ve contributed to the fight to keep 不是莫’ 活: “It’s so beautiful to watch the community work. Seeing these people put their money where their mouth is is overwhelmingly nice. We show up for each other, and it’s not doing it out of charity.

When asked whether he thinks the show’s closure will havea chilling effect on similarly ambitious and unconventional plays,” 库珀说, “That’s why I’m fighting.

If you want to support 不是莫’, Cooper’s letter offered a solution: “In the name of art, in the name of resistance, in the name of we belong here too, in the name of every story telling ancestor who ever graced a Broadway stage or was told they never could, BUY A TICKET and come have church with us. Radical Black work belongs on Broadway too.

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