Denver live shows, vacation occasions, and Broadway reveals canceled as COVID outbreaks unfold – Greeley Tribune
Show cancellations and postponements – from concerts to touring Broadway productions – have returned to Colorado, giving a taste of the omicron-fueled turbulence that has gripped New York City in recent days.
Growing concern about the Omicron variant of COVID, highlighted by the more than 21,000 new infections reported in a single day in New York last week, now threatens indoor public gatherings in Colorado for the next several weeks – though always here new cases and hospital admissions are yet to be recorded. This includes dozens of important, revenue-generating Christmas and New Year’s Eve events for local arts and cultural companies.
The long-delayed return of The Lion King’s Broadway tour, for example, has been shaken by short-term setbacks, such as a performance on Sunday December 19 that was canceled about two hours before Showtime.
“Although negative PCR testing allowed us to safely progress this afternoon’s matinee performance, breakthrough COVID-19 cases have just been discovered in the company of ‘The Lion King’ …” wrote executives at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
On Monday, Denver Center officials also canceled two shows of “The Lion King” on Tuesday, December 21, suggesting more. Decisions for future performances will be announced Tuesday, a Denver Center spokeswoman told The Denver Post.
Often a harbinger of national tours, several shows were canceled last week on New York’s Broadway after cast or crew members tested positive, including for shows like “Hamilton.” The Metropolitan Opera is now also requiring a booster vaccination for entry, the New York Times reported. As the leading opera company in the United States, Met’s guidelines often leak to local businesses.
“Everyone will do this,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, told the Times.
The Metropolitan Opera will broadcast “Falstaff” live on December 14, 2013. The pioneering company will begin requiring proof of a COVID vaccination booster for admission from January 17th. (Catherine Ashmore, provided by The Met)
Some events in Denver weeks away like the Midwinter Bluegrass Festival on Nov. 14-16. February at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza, were also canceled last week. That makes two straight years with no personal programming, the organizers said.
“We are not confident that we can safely hold an indoor picking festival,” officials wrote on December 17. “Instead of endangering people’s health, we made the difficult decision to cancel and go another year without a congregation as a fellowship.”
The current Denver Public Health Ordinance requires masks or proof of vaccination in Denver and other subway areas for everyone ages 2 and up in all indoor public spaces through January 3, unless extended, city officials said Friday.
Most organizers and venues started asking for masks, evidence of negative COVID tests and / or proof of vaccination back in September to anticipate rule changes. Even so, late November and early December were shaky times for public indoor events in Colorado.
A ribbon cut on December 4th for the redesign of Thornton Arts and Culture was sunk; Mayor Jan Kulmann and other city officials were scheduled for the free public event.
After Colorado Symphony previously postponed it, it canceled Danny Elman’s Percussion and Piano Quartet show for January 12 at the Boettcher Concert Hall due to a COVID-related Berlin Philharmonic tour stop, a Denver Post spokesman said. Ticket holders can contact the box office for refunds; 303-623-7876 or coloradosymphony.org.
Concert goers listen to the Brasstracks band and their guest of honor J. Hoard, Mitte, on October 6th, 2021 at the Fox Theater in Boulder.
The wave of cancellations began earlier this month: Denver-based promoter AEG Rocky Mountains postponed its El Ten Eleven show, which was previously scheduled for December 11 at the Bluebird Theater, to February 6, 2022. Both Holiday Harmony Reunion shows Sound of the Rockies on December 11th at the Newman Center was canceled “due to COVID protocols,” while a December 11th Mission Ballroom show by Turkuaz and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe was also canceled.
The wait has been long and sometimes confusing for Denver ticket holders of late or canceled shows – some of which were announced and sold up to three years ago. In September, Colorado StubHub ticket holders received $ 3 million as part of a massive settlement with the online ticketing company that didn’t refund consumers for events that were canceled in 2020.
Cancellations and postponements result in automatic refunds in some cases, but 30 days in other cases to request a refund. Please contact your point of sale for more information, probably at axs.com or ticketmaster.com for larger events.
The atmosphere of uncertainty contrasts with the dozen new concerts announced each week for venues ranging from Boulder’s intimate Fox Theater to Broomfield’s cavernous FirstBank Center, though other industries have been paralyzed by omicron eruptions.
The NBA canceled a Denver Nuggets game on Sunday due to a series of groundbreaking infections among the visiting Brooklyn Nets, while for the Colorado Avalanche (four games through Wednesday, December 23) and Denver. Postponements of several games and new strict vaccination regulations have arrived.
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