How theaters are trying to keep the show on amid COVID cases

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Theater ticket-holders receive information on how to get a refund after the Broadway production of “Ain’t Too Proud,” was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test among cast members.
Theater ticket-holders receive information on how to get a refund after the Broadway production of “Ain’t Too Proud,” was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test among cast members.

The problems Asolo Repertory Theatre faced with a rash of positive breakthrough COVID cases before the opening of the musical “Hair” may have been a first for the Sarasota area, but it has been a common problem in theaters across the country. Just about every day, one Broadway show or another has announced canceled performances because of at least one positive case found in someone associated with the productions. The New York Times reported on how Broadway is trying to keep the shows on. And then one of the city’s oldest traditions, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show with the Rockettes canceled its remaining performances due to positive breakthrough cases.

The Times also has done a significant feature about the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and its founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. The story recounts the struggles he faced as a young performer and how he found his way to creating WBTT, which is now in its third decade. I’m excited to see this national attention for an arts leader I have been writing about since before the troupe came to mind.

Closer to home, theaters have been busy squeezing in performances before Christmas. Florida Studio Theatre is the only local theater venue open on Christmas day, with 6 p.m. performances of the cabaret shows “The Wanderers” and “Friends in Low Places” and an 8 p.m. performance of the lively musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”

Books were in the spotlight over the weekend as we revived a years-long tradition with the 17th New College Holiday Book Guide, prepared by 10 members of the school’s faculty and staff offering their recommendations for some reading. And I look back at some of the theater-related books that captivated me this year, including three with ties to Stephen Sondheim.

I’m planning to take some time off over the next two weeks (so don’t expect a newsletter on Dec. 27) to get ready for the onslaught of new productions and events coming in the new year.

I hope you all have a happy holiday season. Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter, and be sure to share the link to sign up with your friends. Each Thursday, be sure to check out our picks for the Top 10 Arts Events for the week at heraldtribune.com/ticket.

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Happy holidays,

Jay Handelman

Arts Editor

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