In what is becoming the norm, venues across the US are pushing their Broadway seasons to start in 2021. Four such announcements were made today and we’ll break it all down here.
The Overture Center has made the decision today to cancel or postpone all events through November 30, 2020.
“Overture Center has been closed since March 13, and all performances and other activities are suspended until further notice,” a message on their website states. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many touring shows are not traveling around the country, which means Overture will not have a presenting season this fall. There will be no public performances through the end of November. We are exploring the possibility of holiday programming in December. We will follow city, state and national guidelines and will reopen when it is safe to do so.”
Shows affected by this announcement include:
- Come From Away — August 4-9, 2020
- Mean Girls — October 6-11, 2020
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas — November 29, 2020
As the announcement had already been made, the venue’s presentation of Chicago (November 17-22, 2020) was previously cancelled.
The Overture will try to reschedule as many of the performances as possible.
In a release made by the venue, “The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is shifting its operations to virtual delivery of its mission during this extended intermission. The staff is working with the live touring industry to determine the best procedures to once again gather in full houses and welcome audiences back to experience the power of the live performing arts.”
“While it is heartbreaking that in the current climate we cannot gather in person for live performances, it is the right decision to keep our staff, volunteers, touring artists and community safe,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. President Maria Van Laanen. “As we work with the touring industry, health care professionals and our government agencies to determine the best way to move forward, we must make the hard decision to close our doors until 2021 in order to preserve our community’s gathering place for generations to come.”
San Jose, CA
The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts also made a few changes to their 20/21 season, although they were fortunate enough to already have rescheduled dates for their 2020 shows. Here’s the breakdown:
- 1776 — from September 29–October 4, 2020 to February 15-20, 2022
- The Simon & Garfunkel Story — from October 8, 2020 to March 3, 2021
- Dear Evan Hansen — from November 10-29, 2020 to May 31–June 12, 2022
The Center is still showing rescheduled dates for the previously-postponed tour of Les Misérables (June 15-20, 2021), so perhaps the tour will be running again by mid-2021.
Lastly, season changes were announced by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. And, much like San Jose, they were successful in rescheduling their 2020 shows.
“With ongoing safety concerns for mass gatherings as a result of the COVID-19/novel coronavirus,” a spokesperson said, “Celebrity Attractions along with shows’ producers have rescheduled all three Fall 2020 shows in the Celebrity Attractions’ 2020-2021 Broadway Season.”
In addition, the venue announced that Ain’t Too Proud will be added to their season. Originally planned to open the next season, the show will now conclude the 20/21 line-up. Here’s the list of changes made:
- Escape to Margaritaville — rescheduled from August 18-23, 2020 to March 16-21, 2021
- Mean Girls — originally September 15-20, 2020, the show will now be part of the 21/22 season
- The Lion King — originally November 11-29, 2020, the show will now be moved to a future season
- Ain’t Too Proud — will play August 3-8, 2021
If you have tickets to any of the rescheduled events listed above, your seats should be the same for the new dates. However, if you have any questions, please contact your respective venue.
And, as more changes are announced, be sure to follow Tours To Your for all of the updates. All changes will be published in the Log. Thank you for your patience!