Pandemic prompts changes to Arsht program schedules

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

A tour of the Broadway musical Hadestown will now play in Miami at the end of 2022. Above, Andre De Shields appears in a scene from the Broadway production 

 

 

By AARON KRAUSE

Broadway in Miami subscribers will have to wait for a song to, perhaps, change their fate.

A touring production of the Broadway mythical, Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown, will now play Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from Dec. 6-11, 2022. Schedulers had originally planned for the show to run in Miami from Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2021. However, issues stemming from COVID-19 continue to result in schedule changes. Even with the changes, subscribers can automatically keep their seat locations.

In place of Hadestown, the hit musical Hairspray will open the 2021-22 Broadway in Miami Season. The latter will run from Dec. 28, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022. Even if Hadestown remained in its original slot, Hairspray was still part of this upcoming Broadway in Miami season. Hairspray is a 2002 musical. Its basis is the John Waters’ 1988 film of the same name. Hairspray takes place in 1960’s Baltimore. The story concerns a dance-loving teenager. She becomes an overnight sensation on a teenage dance show and brings about change.

Meanwhile, a description of Hadestown reads: “Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. This acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today…and always.”

Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife, Persephone.

In addition to the aforementioned changes, a production of Wicked, will now play Miami from Feb. 15-March 5, 2023. Wicked tells the tale of The Wizard of Oz’s two witches before Dorothy literally dropped in. Due to the pandemic, schedulers postponed its planned run in 2020.

“With Broadway tours suspended for over a year now, it continues to be challenging for producers to recast, rehearse, and successfully prepare their shows to get back on the road,” reads an Arsht Center news release. “Broadway tours stop in many states along their routes. That means that “all venues across the country must be open at 100 percent for tours to resume. These challenges, along with the continued effects of COVID-19 on the touring Broadway industry, have resulted in (the aforementioned) changes to the Broadway in Miami schedule. With the exceptions of Hadestown and Wicked, that schedule remains unchanged. To see the revised schedule, visit https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2021-2022.

In addition to schedule changes in Broadway touring shows, ticket sales for Broadway performances in New York City are suspended through at least May 30, 2021.

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City Theatre’s Silver Anniversary of the Summer Shorts Festival is postponed until June 2, 2022-July 2, 2022. The event will still take place at the Arsht Center. City Theatre’s leaders had planned for Summer Shorts to run in 2020 and 2021. However, the pandemic changed those plans.

The Summer Shorts Festival in June 2022 “will be a long-awaited milestone celebration for City Theatre, the short plays, and musicals the company is nationally known for producing, and the artists who collaborate and contribute to the vent’s enormous appeal,” reads a news release.

City Theatre will produce the festival in the two-program format that the company inaugurated in 1996, with a twist. Specifically, “Program A” will feature “All New Works” culled from submissions of the City Theatre National Short Playwrighting Contest, special commissions, and discoveries among arts partners. Meanwhile, “Program B” is a “Best of the Fest” collection of favorite short plays and musicals curated from 24 seasons past.

“We have been itching to mount this Silver Anniversary production since 2020,” City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford said. “These programs will feature an incredible ensemble of amazingly talented performers to enhance the storytelling and bring life to the characters.

“We’re eager to safely bring audiences and artists back together in the theater for the Summer Shorts Festival once again.”

Company founder and literary director Susan Westfall added: “The Summer Shorts Festival is a do not miss experience for theater-goers entertained by the fast and furious and nimble theatricality of 10-minute plays that are hilarious, provocative, poignant, and always surprising. Among them, expect fresh, new examples of art reflecting and interpreting a world changed since Summer Shorts 2019.”

In addition, City Theatre will resume its popular Family Musical as part of the Silver Anniversary Summer Shorts Festival – its own production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. The show includes much of the reggae giant’s most memorable songs.

Alongside three productions, The Silver Anniversary Festival will include a reimagined series of ancillary programming for the CityWrights/Industry Weekend. It will include readings, creative and professional sessions for regional and national artists and theater professionals. In addition, free activities will be available for audiences.

Tickets will soon go on sale for the Silver Anniversary of Summer Shorts and its production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. For information, visit www.arshtcenter.org. Also, visit www.citytheatre.com for updates.

City Theatre is an award-winning professional theater company founded in Miami in 1996. The company dedicates itself to the development and production of new works and programming that entertains, informs, and resonates with its diverse Miami audiences. Also, City Theatre is distinguished nationally for being the only company in the country producing 10-minute plays and musicals year-round and for all ages. Since 2007, City Theatre has made its Main Stage home at the Arsht Center.

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