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Texas Performing Arts Moving Forward During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Texas Performing Arts Moving Forward During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 23, 2020


Media Contact: Motley Crew Media for Texas Performing Arts
Shannon L. Boggus | 512.773.7249 | shannon.boggus@motleycrewmedia.com
Amy S. Layton | 512.695.0799 | amy.layton@motleycrewmedia.com



With a continued focus on community health and personal safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Performing Arts (TPA) has suspended all performances through mid-June, 2020. This extends and expands the previously announced postponement of events including the cancelation of the Lexus Broadway in Austin engagement of A BRONX TALE originally scheduled for May 5-10, 2020.

Suspended performances are as follows:

Bert Kreischer on Apr 25, 2020 (rescheduled to Sep 26, 2020)
The Beach Boys on Apr 26, 2020 (postponed)
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on Apr 30, 2020 (rescheduled to Apr 14, 2021)
A BRONX TALE on May 5-10, 2020 (canceled)
STOMP on May 30, 2020 (rescheduled to Jan 9, 2021)
A.R. Rahman at Frank Erwin Center on Jun 6, 2020 (postponed)
Above & Beyond Acoustic on Jun 12-13 (canceled)
Blippi the Musical on Jun 14, 2020 (rescheduled to Apr 11, 2021)

Ticketholders are being contacted directly regarding details of cancelations and postponements. Refunds are being offered for all performances. Additionally, ticket buyers have the option of donating their tickets TPA to help sustain the organization during this challenging time.

For additional information about suspended events, visit TPA’s event information page.

In light of current events, the renewal period for 2020/2021 Lexus Broadway in Austin subscriptions has been extended to May 1, 2020. The 2020/2021 Lexus Broadway in Austin season includes TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, HADESTOWN, MEAN GIRLS, and the return of WICKED, among others.

During this time while its stages are dark, TPA continues to give back to the community and move forward in anticipation of this extended intermission coming to an end. In response to a recent appeal from UT Health Austin for much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), the TPA scenic and design shops pooled their resources to deliver over 250 dust masks and N95 respirators along with 60 pairs of new safety glasses to the effort.

While maintaining full employment for all student workers and benefits-eligible staff during this difficult time, TPA has redirected its programming online to share a broader view of what goes on throughout the organization and offer unique creative experiences. This exclusive content, which takes you behind the scenes to meet the staff and students responsible for raising the curtain night after night, can be found here.

Texas Performing Arts is the performing arts presenting program of The University of Texas at Austin and operates campus venues including Bass Concert Hall and McCullough Theatre.  It is the home of the Lexus Broadway in Austin series. In calendar year 2019 Bass Concert Hall had the highest number of tickets sold of any theater in Austin, was #2 in the State of Texas and #22 in the world, according to industry publication Pollstar. Following a national search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was appointed Executive Director in January, 2020.


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