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14 March

14 March

Sounds of Musical Theatre

Large performing arts centres across Australia are likely to operate on limited capacity from next week. This follows the Prime Ministers warning to the public to avoid attending non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Its the news major producers have been dreading since it was announced overnight that all shows on Broadway are to close for 30 days.

Major events cancelled include the Australian Grand Prix, Sydneys Royal Easter Show and the Robbie Williams concert. Its understood that Tim Minchins Australian Tour has been postponed, while Chess the Musical in Newcastle has also been postponed. Whist scheduled performances will continue this weekend, announcements are expected to be made Sunday afternoon-evening about audience restrictions of the bigger shows, including Shrek the Musical in Melbourne, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Brisbane.

Smaller theatres (Belvoir, Darlinghurst and Hayes) have contacted Sounds to confirm their venues are smaller and at this stage will continue their seasons (including the highly anticipated A Chorus Line for DTC). Major Sydney productions Penn & Tellers season at the Capitol commences April 14, while 9 to 5 doesnt start previews at the Lyric until April 19. Announcements are expected to be made regarding these shows shortly.

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