Waitress, the musical based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell, and Keenan Scott II’s landmark stage play Thoughts of a Colored Man, have ended their Broadway performances.
The producer of both shows shared statements on Thursday, just one day before Christmas Eve, announcing their respective closures. Waitress and Thoughts of a Colored Man are now joining Jagged Little Pill and the Tony-winning family comedy Chicken & Biscuits as productions that have ended their runs this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Numerous other productions, including Hamilton, Hadestown, and The Lion King, also canceled shows through Christmas due to an increase in COVID cases in New York City and State.
In a statement posted on Waitress’s official Twitter, the shutdown was attributed “to positive COVID cases detected at the company and crew at the Barrymore Theater.” The show is ending its run after being scheduled for performances through January 9, 2022 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. The Tony-nominated show had a recent string of COVID-related performance cancellations along with several other productions beginning the week of December 13.
It initially reopened on Broadway on September 2, 2021, after closing on January 5, 2020, just two months before Broadway’s closure and after a four-year run that began in 2016.
A separate statement from lead producer Barry Weissler, on his behalf and co-producer and wife Fran Weissler, celebrated the show’s “brilliant creative team” and a company that includes “the best actors, musicians and other members of the company working on it. the theater today “. whose tenacious commitment has kept the show as fresh as it was when we opened. ”
“It has been a great honor to bring Waitress to Broadway. We feel so blessed to have been able to continue playing when Broadway returned in September of this year. We are heartbroken that the COVID virus will not allow us to finish our glorious scheduled career, “Weissler said in her statement.” Seeing Sara Bareilles acquire her innate abilities as a brilliant pop singer / songwriter to become a natural Broadway songwriter / songwriter as well. it’s been especially gratifying to watch. ”
Bareilles took to Twitter after the announcement, expressing what a “punch” the shutdown is. “Thank you for everything. This cast. This company. This community. May we all be so lucky. I will love you forever,” he tweeted.