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Theaters cancel and postpone productions due to virus spread

News March 12, 2020 David Kiley

[The list of cancelled productions will be updated on an ongoing basis]

DEARBORN, Mich.–Michigan professional theaters are making many concessions to the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. Cancellations of Performances and Postponement announcements are still flowing in.

Governor Whitmer has issued a recommendation to cancel events involving of 100 people or more.

TheatreNova has postponed its production of Arabic To English til August.

The Purple Rose Theatre has cancelled remaining performances of Roadsigns.

The Wharton Center has cancelled the first week of performances for Wicked.

Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck has suspended programming:

“Planet Ant has proudly pushed the boundaries of our community’s artistic passion for over 25 years. We have always been an organization that has had success through adversity and has lived by the words “the show must go on”.

Today, we must swallow our pride and make a hard decision for the safety of our community. Planet Ant will be suspending all programming and classes until further notice. We will reassess the situation early next week and notify all of you via social media and our mailing lists. Our plan for the near future will be updated as we learn more about this situation and what responsible action looks like in the context of this crisis. Students- you will receive an email from the Training Center Director that further explains the plan for this semester of classes moving forward.”

Kickshaw Theatre cancelled remaining performances of Lungs.

All remaining performances of Fiddler On The Roof at The Fisher Theatre

The Detroit Theatre Collective cancelled performances after March 12 of Anything.

Tibbits Oper House ComedyFest still going on: At this time, Comedy Fest will go on as scheduled. If members of your party are considered high-risk for Coronavirus, and you are not comfortable attending this performance, please call 517-278-6029 for an exchange or refund.

Michigan Opera Theatre cancelled its showing of the Dance Theatre of Harlem this weekend. And it has cancelled the upcoming production of Champion.

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre has cancelled a production, and is assessing when to resume its studio productions.

In response to Governor Whitmer’s recommendation, North American Entertainment Group has postponed the “14 Annual Motor City Blues Festival” scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Fox Theatre. Guests are advised to hold onto their tickets for the rescheduled show, which will be announced soon.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) has canceled its production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown scheduled for March 27 – April 5 at The Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit.

In response to the University of Michigan’s prohibition on campus events that would convene 100 people or more through April 21, the University Musical Society (UMS) will cancel almost all remaining events in the 2019-20 season to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The list of canceled events includes:
Tarek Yamani Trio – Friday, March 13 at Mendelssohn Theatre
Hélène Grimaud – Saturday, March 14 at Hill Auditorium
ANTHEM – Wednesday-Saturday, March 18-21 at the Jam Handy
New York Philharmonic String Quartet – Sunday, March 22 at Rackham Auditorium
HD Broadcast of the National Theatre’s Present Laughter – Sunday, March 22 at the Michigan Theater
Sir James Galway with Lady Jeanne Galway – Friday, March 27 at Hill Auditorium
Benjamin Grosvenor – Thursday, April 2 at Hill Auditorium
HOME – Friday-Saturday, April 3-4 at the Power Center
Apollo’s Fire and Chorus – Sunday, April 5 at Hill Auditorium
Zakir Hussain – Thursday, April 9 at Rackham Auditorium
HD Broadcast of the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors – Wednesday, April 15 at the Michigan Theater
Emerson String Quartet – Friday, April 17 at Rackham Auditorium

In light of the spread of the virus and the belief that the spread will get worse before it gets better, and the fact that 75% or more of today’s theater patrons are over 60 years old, a high risk population, we expect more cancellations to be announced.  We will update our readers as best we can.

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