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Thursday, January 20, 2022

‘Nutcracker’ performance canceled as virus holiday show

The New York City Ballet canceled a performance of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” on Tuesday after several people involved in the production tested positive for the coronavirus, in the latest sign of how a surge in cases is trying to bring some of the city back. hindering efforts. Dear Holiday Show.

As production, one of City Ballet’s most popular, was called off at Lincoln Center, plans to fill Carnegie Hall with a “Hallelujah” chorus on Tuesday evening were canceled after the Music Sacra tested positive for the virus. The performance of Handel’s “Messiah” was postponed. And there are no more holiday kicklines at Radio City Music Hall: The remainder of the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockets” performance was canceled Friday.

The cancellation came soon after it was announced that some of Broadway’s biggest hits would not resume until after Christmas, barring one of their most lucrative periods of the year amid concerns about the proliferation of the Omicron version.

It was not immediately clear when the performance of “The Nutcracker” would return.

“We are deeply disappointed by the cancellation of this evening’s performance, but the safety of our cast, staff and audience has been the New York City Ballet’s No. 1 priority,” the company’s artistic director Jonathan Stafford said in a statement. The Covid-19 pandemic started. ,

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The company has worked hard to bring back the favorite holidays in tough situations. It turned into a cast of dancers ages 12 and older – it usually had smaller, younger children as its angels, soldiers and rats, and for its party scene – because only children of those ages could. were eligible for vaccination when rehearsals began in the fall.

The company said ticket holders can exchange tickets for future performances, get a refund or donate tickets to the company, the company said. The musical Sacra, which postponed Tuesday night’s performance due to positive coronavirus tests among members of its performing ensemble, said it will perform at Carnegie Hall later this season.

It’s not just New York that is seeing holiday performances cancelled. Several performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles were recently cancelled, with the theater saying it would not return until after Christmas.

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