Radio City Rockettes ends season early due to concerns about COVID

The holiday lineup will go dark at Radio City Music Hall amid worries about a spike in COVID cases – for the rest of the season.

MSG Entertainment, which produces the annual Rockettes show, said late Friday that it will wrap up the show for the rest of the year.

This is only the second time since 1933 that the Rockettes have canceled a season: Although the 2020 shows have been canceled entirely due to COVID concerns, this year’s season lasted for seven weeks and 100 shows ahead of time. closing the curtain on Friday night. It was set to run until January 2nd.

At the beginning of the day, MSG announced All four performances on Friday will be canceled “due to breakthrough COVID-19 case“Among those involved in the production of Rockettes.

But at the end of the day, MSG slashed prices for the rest of the season.

“We regret that we were unable to continue this spectacular Christmas celebration this season due to the growing challenges posed by the pandemic,” MSG said in a statement. “We were hoping we could get through the season and have been honored to host hundreds of thousands of fans at over 100 shows over the past seven weeks.”

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MSG said ticket holders will receive a refund.
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People near Radio City Music Hall on December 17, after The Rockettes concert was canceled due to the COVID-19 case.
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Ticket holders will receive a refund, MSG said, noting that the company hopes to welcome fans back to the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in 2022.

Radio City Music Hall Rockettes is just the latest product perform live in New York to cancel performances due to a positive coronavirus test, though of the shows that have been canceled on Broadway, so far they’ve only closed temporarily for a few days – not for the whole season.

The cancellations come as worries about the Omicron variant are pervading the city, with long lines of testing sites and a sharp increase in reported case rates.

This week, “Moulin Rouge! Musical,” “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Not So Proud,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” and “Freestyle Love Supreme” all had to close the curtains temporarily because performers and crew fell ill.

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People talk to Radio City staff after the December 17 Christmas Festival was canceled due to COVID.
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The annual Rockettes show – an institution in New York since 1933 – was canceled for the first time in 2020 in the midst of the first wave of COVID-19 infections.

MSG Entertainment, which owns the glamorous Radio City Music Hall where the Rockettes perform, made the decision to shut down the hit show last year amid uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s unclear if the show will open on December 18, with the production company saying it will make an announcement about future shows “as soon as possible.”
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Radio City Music Hall canceled Friday’s Rockettes performance due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Customers will receive a refund for tickets to Friday’s shows.

But in October of this year, the Rockettes are back – start rehearsals for this year’s shows, was set to run through January 2. Performances began on November 5.

All of the performers and crew participating in this year’s show have been vaccinated, the producer said at the start of rehearsals.

Friday’s announcement of show cancellations comes after a controversy over vaccine tags: City said on Thursday it will send inspectors to Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, after complaining that it doesn’t execute vaccination rules for children from 5 to 11 years old, according to the report.

Hours later, Madison Square Garden, which owns Radio City, said it would comply.

Rockettes canceled four shows on Friday due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases during production.
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