What are known as the “live arts” – theaters, choral groups, dance troupes, rock concerts, touring shows, orchestras — are all facing the same stark question: Will they still be alive by the end of this summer?
Only two months into our COVID isolation, and the toll on North Texas arts performances has been grim:
Sold-out Broadway tours of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Frozen’ have been postponed or shut down. The Cliburn cancelled its amateur piano competition. Half the staff of Dallas’ Office of Arts and Culture was furloughed. Dallas Opera cancelled the rest of its season and furloughed staff. The AT&T Performing Arts Center canceled or rescheduled 40 dance, music and theater shows. Fort Worth Opera shut down its season – all of it. Shakespeare Dallas canceled its summer season – the first time in 49 years.