Dec 28, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
Mirvish Productions is permanently closing its musical “Come From Away” in Toronto, describing the costs of reopening amid tightened pandemic restrictions “prohibitively high and risky.”
The Gander, Newfoundland-set show had reopened after a 21-month pandemic hiatus on December 15th, but ended its run December 22nd amid a COVID-19 outbreak among crew.
The cases cancelled four December shows but the Tony Award-winning musical had planned to return Tuesday to the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
However, David Mirvish said Monday it’s become “bluntly apparent that it would be impossible to continue when this incredibly contagious variant has sent case numbers soaring.”
He bemoaned the lack of a government “safety net” for the commercial theatre sector, where revenue is strained by tightened pandemic restrictions that have imposed a 50% capacity limit on Ontario’s large venues.
Without such support, he said “the risks, uncertainty and financial situation have left us without another realistic outcome.”