COVID-19 cases in cast force cancellation of rest of ‘Hairspray’ run at Arsht Center

Local dance troupe’s performances also cut short because of breakthrough COVID cases

(Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts)

MIAMI – While the marketing line for the Broadway musical “Hairspray” is from its title song, “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” it appears that COVID-19 has stopped performances of the show at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center.

The center had initially announced only Thursday’s performance of its Broadway in Miami opener “Hairspray” was cancelled and that the rest of the run would continue, but on Friday all performances of the touring musical were canceled.

The announcement read: “We regret to share that the remaining performances of ‘Hairspray” at the Adrienne Arsht Center are canceled due to breakthrough positive COVID cases within the company of ‘Hairspray.’ We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience this scheduling change has caused ticket holders.”

They promised ticketholders a rescheduled date and said details will be sent within two weeks to anyone who purchased tickets.

“Hairspray” opened on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and the cast was able to perform the show for audiences on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The remainder of the run, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, was canceled.

Also at the Arsht, performances of local troupe Peter London Global Dance Company’s “Touch & Rain On Me” were cut short due to COVID-19 cases among dancers. The company was to perform shows on Thursday and Friday.

The Arsht Center notified those who attended Wednesday’s performance of Touch & Rain On Me in its smaller Carnival Studio Theater that performers from the show had tested positive for COVID-19. For anyone in the audience, they were advised to “monitor themselves for any symptoms.”

All ticket holders were notified by email about the cancellations.

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