The Fox Performing Arts Middle’s 2019-2020 Broadway season ended abruptly amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, however the arts group that put it collectively is optimistic about its 2020-2021 season.
“At this point, there’s possibly going to be some shifting of dates,” stated Craig Aikman, director of programming for the American Theatre Guild. “But our season in Riverside looks very solid.”
Broadway on the Fox’s most up-to-date season was to have ended Could 6 with “An American in Paris,” a stage adaptation of the 1951 film musical. However with theaters shut down by the pandemic, the tour closed with out rescheduling its remaining dates.
In a telephone interview, Aikman referred to as such an incidence fully unlikely underneath regular circumstances.
In January, earlier than the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Theatre Guild introduced 5 exhibits for its subsequent season. It was set to start Oct. 11 with “The Simon and Garfunkel Story,” a tribute present concerning the 1960s folk-rock duo. 4 musicals have been to comply with between November and April.
Two of these productions, a revival of “South Pacific” and a musical adaptation of the 1982 movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” are new and nonetheless needed to be put collectively when theaters went darkish in mid-March. The opposite two, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and Waitress,” have been up and operating.
“It’s going to be much easier for them to begin,” Aikman stated.
Based mostly in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., American Theatre Guild books musicals for 12 theaters in 9 states. Three are in California, the others being the Bank of America Performing Arts Middle in Thousand Oaks and the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Aikman acknowledged that stay theater will likely be among the many final issues to come back again as states part in reopening, particularly given the warning expressed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The Fox at present solely has a couple of live shows on its calendar. The earliest present with tickets on sale is a present with skilled dancers Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, on July 26.
Related venues within the Inland Empire stay darkish. The California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino at present solely has three December performances of “The Nutcracker” by Inland Dance Theatre on the market on Ticketmaster.
The Lewis Household Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga has canceled its performs and musicals, in accordance with its web site.
The Outdated City Temecula Neighborhood Theater has canceled performances via June 30.
Broadway on the Fox
The place: 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
Info: 951-779-9800, americantheatreguild.com/riverside