Bowing to the inevitable, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has announced an update of its Broadway, classical and dance seasons that means postponements of a number of anticipated shows to a year or more away.
Executive director Mary Bensel said in a press release that “Every component of a large-scale touring act—the set, the cast, the crew—has to move from city to city, from state to state.” She added that “Venues across the country are facing different regulations as the circumstances continue to evolve. This new landscape is a difficult one to navigate, and we are doing our absolute best to finalize our upcoming seasons for you.”
Even the new dates announced for shows are subject to change while new tour routes are sorted and shows are rebooked across the country. The hall says that patrons will be contacted directly with final confirmation when dates are finalized. The Van Wezel also says that many variety shows still remain as scheduled, for now, and additional virtual and in-person programming will be announced as it becomes available.
Here are today’s changes.
In the Broadway Series, Come from Away is now set for Nov. 23-28, 2021. Chicago: The Musical is tentatively projected for February 2022. Jesus Christ Superstar dates are to be determined. An Officer and a Gentleman is tentatively projected for April 6 and 7, 2022. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will have a new date TBD, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is tentatively set for Jan. 11 and 12, 2022. Jersey Boys is tentatively set for Jan. 25 and 26, 2022; Anastasia for March 18-20, 2022; South Pacific for April 2022; Blue Man Group for Feb. 1 and 2, 2022; Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Tour is TBD; and Fiddler on the Roof is tentatively set for April 2022.
In the Classical Series, Salute to Vienna is confirmed for Jan. 3, 2022, opera singer Renee Fleming for Jan. 5, 2022. The Israel Symphony Orchestra tour is canceled at this point. Itzhak Perlman in Recital is tentatively reset for March 8, 2022, and pianist Lang Lang’s appearance is TBD for the 2023 season.
The Dance Series changes move Tango Fire to Jan. 24, 2022, with dates for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Russian National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake both TBD.
In addition, the hall’s Subscriber Specials have changes. Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice has no new date at this time, while The Choir of Man is confirmed for Jan. 30, 2022, and Neil Berg’s 112 Years of Broadway for March 9, 2022. The Simon & Garfunkel Story is confirmed for Feb. 12, 2022, and Stomp is still scheduled for its original date, March 7, 2021.
A full listing of rescheduled and canceled performances can be found here, and the box office can be reached at (941) 263-6799.