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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall have been canceled until March 31. Effective immediately, the Center Theatre Group and Geffen Playhouse also have canceled their scheduled shows; and performances of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages will be suspended as of Thursday evening.
In a press release on Thursday, an LA Philharmonic spokesperson said that the decision was made in response to the California Department of Public Health’s mandate that concerts and presentations be canceled at the venue “to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie said in a statement, “To comply with the overnight directive of the California Department of Public Heath and a mandate from the County of Los Angeles, we are immediately canceling all performances of The Book of Mormon, The Antipodes and Block Party at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre to help lessen the spread of the virus.”
Ritchie’s statement continued to say, “It is imperative that we act on the advice of government officials, public health authorities and medical professionals.”
Performances of Hamilton will be “suspended beginning this evening, through Tuesday, March 31, in support of the wellbeing of the theatergoing public as well as those who work on the production, subject to ongoing assessment by County or State Health authorities,” said the theater in a statement.
The Geffen Playhouse also announced the cancellation of all performances of its current production, Man of God, through March 22, and the postponement of the upcoming Bernhardt/Hamlet, which will now begin previews April 7. The annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser scheduled for April 20 has been pushed back to a later date to be rescheduled. And the celebrated Asian American company East West Players has postponed the entire run of its revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, which was due to begin performances Thursday.
The shutdown in operations across Southern California theaters due to COVID-19 concerns is expected to continue, with San Diego Rep also announcing that all remaining performances of its production of House of Joy have been canceled, along with all public activities at the theater through March 31.
These briefings follow California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recommendation on Wednesday that gatherings of more than 250 people, including movie premieres, sports events and theatrical productions, be postponed “at least through March.”
The coronavirus, a viral infection that can cause COVID-19 — a respiratory illness — originated in Wuhan, China, earlier this year. So far, it has affected over 129,000 people in 125 countries and caused over 4,500 deaths.
It was declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic.
Numerous events in the U.S. and worldwide have been postponed in the wake of the outbreak, including SXSW, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Game Developers Conference and Cinemacon. Additionally, films such as No Time to Die, F9 and A Quiet Place Part II are seeing delays in their releases.
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