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On Tuesday, True Colors Theatre Company canceled remaining performances of "Marie and Rosetta." The play chronicles trailblazing gospel musicians Marie Knight (Jasmine Ellis, left) and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Amitria Fanae).

Covid causes theater and concert venue postponements and cancellations

The Covid-19 pandemic and Omicron variant, which have wreaked havoc with professional sports and concert schedules while spreading sickness across the U.S., is now causing Atlanta theaters and concert venues to cancel shows.

On Tuesday, True Colors Theatre Company and Synchronicity Theatre separately announced that they were scratching remaining performances of plays that opened before the holidays.

This year’s Peach Drop on New Year’s Eve, which was to feature Goodie Mob, also has been canceled.

New Year’s Eve shows by Widespread Panic at the Fox Theatre and The Indigo Girls at Symphony Hall have been postponed.

In addition, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s January 7 concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta has been canceled.

Synchronicity Theatre closed “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure,” featuring Danny Crowe as Jabberwock. It was to have run through Sunday.

True Colors’ production of Marie and Rosetta, which was to have run through Thursday at Southwest Arts Center, has been shut down due to a positive Covid test by one of the company members, according to spokesman Bill Marks.

Meanwhile, Synchronicity issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, which was to have run through Sunday, has closed.

“This was a hard decision in response to positivity rates and the highly contagious new Covid-19 variants,” the Synchronicity statement said. “We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community.”

The troupe said it had already contacted patrons and was processing refunds. Its box office can be reached at 404-484-8636 or [email protected] Patrons interested in making a donation to help offset the theater’s financial loss are being directed to bit.ly/givetosynchro.

True Colors is asking ticketholders to contact TicketsWest (470-639-8241) to receive a refund or to donate the value of their tickets.

Aurora’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Spectacular remains on the schedule, but the company on Tuesday replaced headliner Rob Cleveland with Big Kenney. Late Tuesday afternoon, Aurora confirmed that the change was due to a “breakthrough Covid-19 case” — meaning an infection of a fully vaccinated person.

“Please join the Aurora Theatre family in wishing Rob Cleveland a speedy recovery,” an Aurora statement said.

Last Thursday, Aurora Theatre canceled its final production of Christmas Canteen due to Covid  exposure by a company member.

Just as theater companies warily approached the fall launch of the 2021-22 season, unsure what the future would hold, it appears that a taking-it-one-day-at-a-time practice has returned.

On Wednesday, Actor’s Express announced it had postponed its planned January 5 opening of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel to March 26.

 “We hope that by taking a pause for a couple of months we can return to live production safely and comfortably,” artistic director Freddie Ashley said in a statement. “In addition, we are working on calendar revisions for the remainder of the current season and plan to deliver all announced productions by the fall. As ever, we are grateful to our patrons for their patience and support as we navigate the inherent uncertainties of the pandemic.” 

Most metro theater companies do not resume their schedules until late January or February, thus can wait and continue to monitor pandemic developments before making schedule decisions.

Return to ArtsATL for updates early in the new year.

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