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Monday, February 6, 2023

Not ‘Hamilton’ until after Christmas as virus upends the performing arts

The Broadway production of “Hamilton” canceled all performances until after Christmas, as a spike in coronavirus cases continues to affect the performing arts across North America as well as in London.

The cancellations, prompted by positive coronavirus tests among cast or crew members, come at the worst possible time for many productions, as the holiday season is usually the most lucrative time of year.

On Saturday and Sunday, nearly a third of Broadway shows canceled their performances. And there were several COVID-induced cancellations on Broadway as well as in Chicago, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities.

“Hamilton,” a sold-out juggernaut that went on to become the highest-grossing show on Broadway – cited success in his company as the reason for the cancellation due to Covid-19 cases. The show has been dark since December 15 – the matinee went on that day as scheduled, but the evening performance was canceled – and the first possible next performance is on December 27.

The show is the second major Broadway musical to be canceled this entire week, after “MJ”, a new musical about Michael Jackson, which is still in preview, that had all performances canceled until December 27 on December 17th. , which cited “multiple positive Covid tests”. company.”

Cancellations are now widespread on Broadway and beyond. In most cases, producers say, positive coronavirus tests are linked to mild or asymptomatic cases, but performances are being canceled because there isn’t enough understanding or replacement staff for those who should miss the show. In recent times, all Broadway cancellations have taken place in productions of large cast, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Small productions continue to run, including most plays.

The past few days have been filled with grim news for those who hope the performing arts have finally overtaken the devastating long pandemic shutdown.

The timing was especially dire for the Rockets, who last week canceled all remaining performances of their annual Christmas Spectacular, a holiday staple for many tourists. Other holiday shows were also affected: a production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles canceled all performances until after Christmas, while a production of the Alley Theater’s Christmas staple in Houston also canceled several performances. Given.

Concerns about the Omicron version are also starting to take a toll on future productions: the first North American production of Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed new play, “Leopoldstad”, was canceled altogether; It was scheduled to begin a seven-week run in Toronto on January 22. And in Ottawa, “Hamilton” postponed a scheduled race by six months.

The pandemic is once again touring Broadway shows: “The Lion King” canceled its Sunday night performance in Denver. “Pretty Woman” canceled its last several performances in Chicago.

The dance world was also affected: Alvin Ailey canceled a performance in New York City Center, while Mark Morris canceled a performance over the weekend at Zellerbach Hall at the University of California, Berkeley.

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