THEATER DISTRICT, Manhattan — It was supposed to be a Christmas present to fans of Tina Turner: after a ten-day pause “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” was re-opening Christmas night.
But what audiences got was more like a lump of coal: just two hours before the curtain was to go up again, the show was cancelled again.
“We bought the tickets today and will be seeing it tonight,” William Zultanski, a big Tina Turner fan, told PIX11 News.
But PIX11 had to break the news to the Brazillian Broadway lovers, the Zultanski cousins, that producers tweeted the show would not go on “due to the detection of additional breakthrough COVID cases.”
The Music Man, now in previews, is also going to be dark both Christmas night and the day after.
Broadway lovers who had been hoping to see “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” were initially happy to hear that the tale of comeback and resilience from the global queen of rock was re-opening Christmas night — the show itself became a tale of comeback and resilience. But with additional breakthrough cases detected, that comeback was short lived.
There was also trouble in River City for those who’d been hoping to see previews of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
Foster tested positive and an understudy went on for her on Thursday, but Christmas night and Sunday night, the whole production has been shut down.
So far, the only three Broadway shows have been shut down permanently during the COVID-19 surge, “Waitress,” “Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Jagged Little Pill.”
And tourists are hoping some of their favorites will reopen soon, preferably before they leave New York City.
To find the latest on which shows are open and which are not, you can go to bwaytoday.com.