Ordway Announces New Vax Policy As More Venues Cancel Shows

As canceled or postponed arts events pile up, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced stricter vaccination requirements.

Beginning February 1, the St. Paul venue will not only require vaccination (or a negative test result within 72 hours of performance), but proof of a booster vaccination. Masks remain required and must not be cloth masks; The theater is now mandating more Omicron resistant protection such as N95 or KN95 masks. The guidelines apply to all performances by Ordway, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club at the venue.

The variant continues to anger the plans of the performing arts. The touring production of Come From Away, now playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, has canceled two other performances – Friday night and Saturday afternoon – but intends to resume the show on Saturday at 8 p.m. after gaining a little time to bring new performers into the cast from the Broadway, London and Toronto productions. The musical runs until January 23.

Park Square Theater is postponing its revival of musical drama Marie and Rosetta after several performances were canceled. Originally slated for January 19, the drama about music pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe is being “put on hold” in hopes of a later premiere.

“We have heard the concerns of our guests and are facing challenges in the rehearsal space due to COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of both our artists and audiences, everything tells us to take a breath and return when we can,” said executive director Mark Ferraro-Hauck.

Yellow Tree Theater pushes “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” back. The comedy is set to debut at the Osseo Theater on February 4th and will now run from June 2nd to June 26th.

Two events at St. Paul’s Landmark Center have been postponed. The “Urban Expedition China” dance/culture program originally scheduled for Sunday will now take place on February 20th. Black Sea Odyssey, featuring Ethnic Dance Theater and originally scheduled for February 20th, will take place as a virtual event in March.

In clubs in the Twin Cities, about one in five live music performances scheduled for this weekend has been postponed or cancelled, mostly at the request of the artists. Canceled shows include Samantha Fish at First Avenue on Saturday and Tina Schlieske at the Dakota on Saturday (which was replaced by Ginger Commodore’s tribute to Sidney Poitier that same night).

Other concerts canceled in the coming days include annual tributes to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton at Cabooze and Turf Club respectively; rapper Sean Anonymous’ birthday bash on 7th St. Entry; Best Coast tour date at Fine Line and Kiss the Tiger performance at Icehouse.

Three shows have been canceled at the Crooners Supper Club in Fridley – Jennifer Grimm on Friday, Songs of Laurel Canyon and Lynne Rothrock on Saturday and Robert Robinson on Sunday. The venue will remain closed until February 3rd for renovations.

Authors Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream contributed to this report.

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