As performing arts centers around the world continue to extend closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamilton sit-down engagement at the Pantages Theatre will not begin until at least September 6. The production had hoped to begin May 31 after pushing back the start date several times, but following Broadway's lead, the Tony-winning musical will not play over the summer.
As previously announced, the LA Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera canceled the remainder of their 2019–2020 seasons. Both groups will continue to offer online alternatives to keep classical fans sated during the shutdown. Several events for the Hollywood Bowl summer season have also been postponed or canceled, although the presentation of School of Rock July 24–26 has yet to be impacted.
Despite the industry being on hold, Los Angeles theatre critics found time to celebrate the shows of 2019 that impressed. The Geffen Playhouse production of Witch and the Center Theatre Group's staging of Indecent took home top honors at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards April 28.
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- The Center Theatre Group postponed the rest of its 2019–2020 season. This affects 1776, Sakina's Restaurant, and King James in addition to the previously announced cancellations.
- Broadway in Hollywood announced new dates for The Illusionists at the Dolby Theatre with plans to stage the variety special January 12–17, 2021. The show was originally scheduled for April 14–19. In addition, its productions of Mean Girls (April 28–June 7), My Fair Lady (June 12–July 5), and The Band's Visit (July 7–26) will be rescheduled at a later date.
- A Noise Within suspended the remained of its 2019–2020 season, including its production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with the commitment to include it in the 2020-2021 season. The company also canceled all Noise Now performances through July but plans to return in August.