It was sad to see Ain't No Mo' come and go so quickly, but was Broadway the right place for it?
I get the attraction of Broadway. It's the place. But was there ever a chance that Ain't No Mo' would be profitable?
Of course, that may not have been the point. Even a brief run on Broadway puts a play into a special category, and it probably improves the likelihood of other productions all over the country. Also, the chance for a Tony Award or two is certainly attractive.
But: wouldn't Ain't No Mo' fit Off-Broadway better? Might it still be running?
Off-Broadway has two solid advantages: intimate space and cheaper tickets. I would personally be thrilled if most theatre occurred in small venues. For example, Merrily We Roll Along felt exactly right at NYTW, just as Kimberly Akimbo fit perfectly at the Atlantic. But with their fairly large casts, plus musicians, they need Broadway-size audiences to pay the bills. But Ain't No Mo', with its small cast, would be perfect for Off-Broadway. As would many other shows!