The New York City Ballet canceled a performance of “The Nutcracker of George Balanchine” on Tuesday after several people involved in the production tested positive for the coronavirus, in the latest sign of how the increase in cases is disrupting them. attempts to bring back some of the city’s most beloved holiday shows.
While the production, one of City Ballet’s most popular, was canceled at Lincoln Center, plans to fill Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night with the “Hallelujah” choir were canceled when Music Sacra postponed a performance of “Messiah” de Handel, citing the virus. And there are no more holiday kicklines at Radio City Music Hall: The remaining performances of the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” were canceled on Friday.
The cancellations came shortly after it was announced that some of Broadway’s biggest hits would not resume until after Christmas, forgoing one of their most lucrative times of the year amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant.
It was not immediately clear when performances of “The Nutcracker” would return.
“We are very disappointed to have to cancel tonight’s performance,” said Jonathan Stafford, artistic director of the company, in a statement, “but the safety of our artists, staff and audiences is number one priority. 1 of the New York City Ballet since the The Covid-19 pandemic began.
The company has worked hard to bring the vacation favorite back under difficult circumstances. He turned to a cast of dancers ages 12 and up – he typically features younger and smaller children like his angels, soldiers, and mice, and for his party scene – since only kids that age were eligible for vaccinations when rehearsals began in the fall.
The company said ticket holders can exchange tickets for a future performance, get refunds or donate the tickets to the company. Music Sacra, which postponed its Tuesday night performance due to positive coronavirus tests among its ensemble members, said it would perform later this season at Carnegie Hall.
It’s not just New York that is seeing holiday performances canceled. A number of performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles were recently canceled, with the theater saying it would not return until after Christmas.