Refresh for updates…Broadway’s Waitress and David Byrne’s American Utopia have canceled performances until Thursday, Dec. 23, as the Omicron surge continues to take a toll on New York City.
Waitress producers tweeted late yesterday afternoon that the Dec. 21 and 22 performances were canceled “out of an abundance of caution.” The news did not come a surprise to some: Calling into Stars in the House Monday night, Waitress star Ciara Renée said she had chosen not to participate in that evening’s performance of her show due to breakthrough Covid cases within the production.
Out of an abundance of caution, the December 21st and 22nd performances of Waitress on Broadway has been cancelled. The show is expected to resume on Thursday, December 23rd at 7pm. Ticket holders for tonight’s performance will be contacted by their point of purchase.
— Waitress Musical (@WaitressMusical) December 21, 2021
Also today, the Michael Jackson musical MJ updated its cancellations through Dec. 28, with previews expected to resume Dec. 29, and Come From Away has canceled through Dec. 25 while Flying Over Sunset canceled the Dec. 22 matinee.
Elsewhere on Broadway, Six has canceled all Broadway performances through Dec. 28 due to breakthrough Covid, joining Disney’s The Lion King, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ain’t Too Proud and Hadestown as the latest Broadway productions to announce cancellations until after Christmas.
Off Broadway, the acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Classic Stage Company has canceled Dec. 22 and 23 performances, and Candace Bushnell’s solo show Is There Still Sex In The City? has closed due to the star’s positive Covid test.
In other Omicron-Broadway news, Thoughts of a Colored Man playwright Keenan Scott II took to the stage Tuesday night to fill in for a cast member who had tested positive. (Two other cast members were also out but for non-Covid illnesses). With the three actors out, and only two trained understudies standing by to go on, Scott asked producer Brian Moreland if he could step into the role of “Wisdom” with less than 15 minutes until curtain. The playwright performed the role script-in-hand, and is expected to continue playing the role at least through the holiday weekend.
Said producer Moreland, “It was a thrilling night for a Broadway audience to experience our play. Keenan Scott II is a bold new voice for now, and last night he exhibited the power and resilience of everyone who makes up the Broadway community.”
For cancellations, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.
Performances of COME FROM AWAY on Broadway from December 22-25 have been cancelled due to the detection of breakthrough COVID-19 cases within the company. Performances are currently scheduled to resume on Sunday, December 26. Please stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/ktfJvIv2aK
— Come From Away (@wecomefromaway) December 22, 2021
So far, only one Broadway production, Jagged Little Pill, has announced that it is closing for good amidst New York’s Omicron surge.
Skeleton Crew, the new Broadway play by Dominique Morisseau starring Phylicia Rashad that was set to begin previews tomorrow, has postponed its first performance and opening night by a week due to company members testing positive for Covid. Previews of the Manhattan Theatre Club production will now begin at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Monday, Dec. 27, with an opening night bumped from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.
Broadway currently has approximately 30 shows in production, including those that have canceled performances.
The following is a list of recent Covid-related cancellations along with return dates and expected return dates (ticket-holders are encouraged to check individual show websites or the Broadway League’s new Broadway performance schedule page for updates).
Among shows that had previously canceled performances but are currently running are Freestyle Love Supreme and Wicked.
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