Concerns about the Omicron variant are also starting to weigh on future productions: the first North American production of Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed new play, “Leopoldstadt”, has been released. canceled entirely; he was due to start a seven-week race in Toronto on January 22. And in Ottawa, “Hamilton” postponed an expected duration of six months.
In the dance world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has canceled performances at the New York City Center, while Mark Morris performances canceled this weekend at Zellerbach Hall at the University of California at Berkeley.
In sports, the NBA and NHL have announced a series of game postponements, and the NFL has adjusted its testing policies, to deal with an increase in cases.
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The world of cinema has offered proof that audiences are always ready to come together. The industry had a great weekend, thanks to Spider-Man. But not all theaters joined in the fun: Metrograph, citing the pandemic, said it would close its Lower East Side theater until Christmas, and Theater-show, in Brooklyn, closed until January 4.
On Broadway, after a hectic weekend, cancellations seemed sure to continue. On Monday, the Manhattan Theater Club announced that it was delaying its Broadway production of “Skeleton Crew,” a new play by Dominique Morisseau; the previews, which were due to start on Tuesday, would instead start on December 27, “due to members of the company having tested positive for Covid-19”.
Outside of Broadway, there have been several shows over the past week, often canceling at the very last minute. “Trevor,” a new musical at Stage42, canceled its Sunday matinee, then announced it would close on Monday, canceling the remaining two weeks of performances. And among those who canceled at least one performance were “The Alchemist” at Red Bull Theater, “Cheek to Cheek” at York Theater Company, “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas! “At the New Victory Theater,” Hear / Now: LIVE! At Keen Company, “Kimberly Akimbo” at Atlantic Theater Company, “Morning Sun” at Manhattan Theater Club, and “While You Were Partying” at Soho Rep.