It looks like Hamilton is closing its curtains in San Francisco — at least, temporarily.
After Mayor London Breed announced a city-wide moratorium on gatherings of 1,000 people or more in light of the coronavirus outbreak on March 11, the Orpheum Theatre cancelled all BroadwaySF productions through March 25. Unfortunately, that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop historical musical Hamilton, a nationally adored play that opened in San Francisco last year.
Hamilton joins a long list of San Francisco cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other venues like the Curran have had to grapple with the city’s latest moratorium as well, spelling big trouble for touring productions. Organizers behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child decided not to cancel the show, capping each performance to 1,000 people for the next two weeks instead. Ticket holders were asked to volunteer to exchange their tickets for a later performance. (UPDATE: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been temporarily canceled.)
It’s uncharted territory for San Francisco arts spaces amid warnings against large gatherings and recommendations for “social distancing.”
Ticket holders who bought their tickets from BroadwaySF will receive a refund. BroadwaySF advised others who purchased their tickets from third party sources to consult their place of purchase.
At the direction of the City of San Francisco’s mandate to ban events larger than 1,000 people across the city, all BroadwaySF productions at the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatres will be canceled beginning this evening (tonight’s performances of HAMILTON at 7pm and THE LAST SHIP at 7:30PM) through Wednesday, March 25.
If you have purchased tickets to a performance of HAMILTON or THE LAST SHIP during this time period, you will receive a refund. Tickets purchased through Vivid Seats, Goldstar, TodayTix and any other source that is not BroadwaySF related should consult their place of purchase for a refund.
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Grace Li covers arts, culture, and food for SF Weekly. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.