The David. A Straz Center for the Performing arts announced Friday that all of the previously scheduled Broadway performances have been pushed back to June of 2021.
It’s not the first time since the pandemic that the Straz has had to push dates back or even cancel some Broadway shows. The 2021 season was originally slated to begin this month. But in June, the center announced new dates that would have started in December with My Fair Lady.
As it stands now, Hamilton is the only show still scheduled for the series, running June 1-27, 2021.
A news release said that since the pandemic forced the performing arts center to close its doors, more than 1,000 performances have been cancelled. It called the postponement of Broadway performances a “continued intermission.”
The postponement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement by the Broadway League that shows in New York will remain closed until at least June 2021.
The Straz and other touring presenters, as well as Broadway producers, are members of the Broadway League, but decisions about closures are managed independently.
The release explained that “the touring Broadway industry needs the health conditions around the U.S. to stabilize before each show can determine for themselves whether they feel safe enough to go out on the road.”
“While we have opened our Patel Conservatory and are producing local work in our smaller theaters and on our Riverwalk Stage, we have now learned that touring Broadway, which is responsible for the majority of our revenue and attendance, will not resume in Tampa until June of 2021 when Hamilton is scheduled to return to the Morsani Hall stage,” Straz Center President and CEO Judy Lisi said in the release.
New dates for To Kill a Mockingbird, Tootsie, Hadestown, My Fair Lady, The Band’s Visit, Wicked, The Prom, Shout! The Mod Musical, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Cats and Dear Evan Hansen have yet to be determined.
Lisi said that the center is working with the tours to schedule new dates.
An on-sale date for Hamilton will be announced soon.
People with tickets to the postponed shows will be able to keep the same seats when new dates are established. Should the show cancel for any reason, they also have the option of a credit, refund or a tax-deductible donation of the tickets to the Straz Center, which is a 501c3.