‘Come From Away’ Musical Shuts Down in Toronto Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

TORONTO – Mirvish Productions is shutting down its musical “Come From Away” in Toronto for good, describing the costs of reopening amid tightened pandemic restrictions “prohibitively high and risky.”

The Gander, Newfoundland show reopened after a 21-month pandemic hiatus on December 15, but ended airing on December 22 amid a COVID-19 outbreak among the crew.

Business canceled four shows in December, but the Tony Award-winning musical had planned to return to the Royal Alexandra Theater on Tuesday.

However, David Mirvish said on Monday it had become “bluntly obvious that it would be impossible to continue as this incredibly contagious variant has skyrocketed the number of cases.”

He lamented the absence of a government ‘safety net’ for the commercial theater sector, where revenues are strained by the tightening of pandemic restrictions that have placed a 50 percent capacity limit on large venues. from Ontario.

Without such support, he said, “the risks, uncertainty and the financial situation have left us with no other realistic outcome.”

“I know this is shocking news, and it causes me and our partners a great deal of grief to have to take this step, but we simply have no more options. The most responsible way forward is to shut down production, ”Mirvish said in a statement Monday.

“This is not how any of us wanted it to end. ‘Come From Away’ deserves to have spent many years at Royal Alex.” Mirvish Productions said ticket holders can apply. reimbursement.

The cancellation is just the latest in a wave of closures in Toronto’s theater district. Last week, Mirvish Productions announced that it was withdrawing from its program the North American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s play “Leopoldstadt”, which was set in early 2022 at the Princess of Wales Theater.

This followed Ontario’s decision to limit audience capacity in large indoor venues – including theaters and concert halls – to help slow the spread of the highly transmissible variant Omicron.

In announcing the abandoned plans for “Leopoldstadt”, Mirvish had said capacity restrictions and a non-essential travel advisory from the federal government had complicated logistics.

Prior to its short airing this month, Come From Away “took place in Toronto from February 2018 to March 2020.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 27, 2021.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.