Monday, April 22, 2024

Broadway: “Wicked” Gets COVID, Cancels Performances, “MJ Michael Jackson Musical” Gets 3 Standing Ovations


There’s a lot going on on Broadway.

“Wicked,” the long running hit musical, has been hit with COVID. First they cancelled yesterday’s shows (Saturday), now today’s performances are not happening. The show says they’ll be back on Tuesday. No word on who at the show tested positive, or how many, cast or crew.

I’m actually surprised more shows aren’t having COVID issues. Putting Broadway productions on right now is very tricky, and everyone is doing their best to avoid trouble. But the shows must go on for the sake of the Broadway economy.

Meanwhile, good news from “MJ The Michael Jackson Musical.” The dress rehearsal Saturday night, I’m told, was such a success that there were THREE standing ovations during the show. First preview is this week, and the opening is in February. Everyone is hoping for a success here, and it’s looking good so far, I will try and sneak in this month and take an early look.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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