"Mean Girls" and "The Band’s Visit," both set to play this September, have been rescheduled for summer 2021. "Hadestown," originally scheduled for January 2021, has postponed its national tour and will be rescheduled to play in 2022 in Tempe.
According to the press release, "recent events" have brought challenges to the scheduling of Broadway tours and have forced changes to the upcoming seasons.
“We miss seeing our patrons, and we miss the energy of live theater,” Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for Cultural Affairs and executive director of ASU Gammage, said in a press release. “We are working closely with ASU and health officials on what opening our doors will look like. We are excited that despite all the changes we can continue to bring the best of Broadway to Arizona. Our mission is Connecting Communities– and we plan to keep that mission alive.”
Ticket holders for "Mean Girls" will have their money automatically refunded at the original purchase price, an update said. Ticket holders and season subscribers will receive an email about the changes, according to the update.
"Mean Girls" was postponed once before due to ASU’s cancellation of all events "not directly related to the educational or research mission of the university" due to the new coronavirus.
Other local theaters are working through plans for a phased reopening. Tempe Center for the Arts said in a statement that all events will be closed through July 31 while other theaters, such as Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Arizona Opera, are waiting for more information on the phased reopening to announce the continuation of shows.
Season tickets for the upcoming Broadway series are now available to purchase. The season will feature nine shows with "Mean Girls" and "The Band’s Visit" appearing at the end of the season.
"The Band’s Visit" will begin playing on July 20 and run until July 25, 2021. "Mean Girls" will begin playing Aug. 31 and run until Sept. 5, 2021.
The other seven shows include "Hamilton," "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady," "Tootsie," "Disney’s Frozen" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The season will also include "Jersey Boys," but tickets must be purchased separately from a season pass.
Wyatt Myskow is the project manager at The State Press, where he oversees enterprise stories for the publication. He also works at The Arizona Republic, where he covers the cities of Peoria and Surprise.