“The global Covid-19 crisis continues to deeply impact performing arts centers across the country and here in Pittsburgh. There are specific obstacles for Broadway and all touring shows to return, but the most important challenge remains the health and safety of everyone in the audience, onstage and behind the scenes.
“We are working closely with local officials, as well as health and safety experts to create a safe environment when we are permitted to reopen.”
Several obstacles currently stand in the way of reopening, foremost of which include the current ban on gatherings of more than 250 individuals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, performing on stage and in the orchestra pit in most Broadway shows requires close and sometimes intimate contact, which current health procedures and practices do not safely allow.
“The touring industry depends on an interconnected network of cities as shows travel from theater to theater each week,” continues Mr. Fleming. “Just because a city is open for business, does not mean that a tour can safely travel from city to city. Launching tours requires months of production work that includes building sets and costumes, casting, and rehearsals. This production process cannot begin until it is safe to work, and the timing of reopening of existing tours and launching new tours are being delayed as a result.”
As a result, the Pittsburgh engagement of Hadestown, originally scheduled for October 27-November 1, 2020, has been rescheduled to September 7-12, 2021. The show has postponed the launch of its national tour to Spring 2021. This announcement provides some clarity as to when the tour will begin, as well as in which previously- announced cities it will not play prior to its launch. Expect reschedule or cancellations from cities such as: Schenectady, NY (the original launch city), Chicago, IL, Greenville, SC, Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL. The earliest-known confirmed location for the show’s first performances is in San Francisco, CA (February 2-28, 2021).
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, originally scheduled for November 17-22, 2020, will not come to the Benedum Center as part of the 2020-21 Broadway season. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America will look to present this event in a future season.
The updated PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh 2020-2021 season includes the following titles with all shows taking place at the Benedum Center
Hamilton – January 5–February 7, 2021
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – February 16–21, 2021
Oklahoma! – March 9–14, 2021
Pretty Woman: The Musical – March 30–April 4, 2021
My Fair Lady – April 13–18, 2021
Tootsie – August 10-15, 2021
Hadestown – September 7-12, 2021
Optional season special production:
Blue Man Group, April 27 – May 2, 2021
For more information, contact the guest services team at 412-456-1390 (Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or visit TrustArts.org/Broadway with the latest in PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh news.