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SALT LAKE CITY — When the novel coronavirus hit Utah in March 2020, it forced the cancelation or postponement of nearly every large event for the year. Well, it's 2021 now and some of those shows have been rescheduled and others are planned at some local venues.
Here's a look at some of the shows coming to a few local theaters this upcoming 2021 season:
131 S. Main, Salt Lake City
- Comedian Bill Maher is performing on April 24. The show was originally scheduled for May of 2020 but was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson will perform his new show "Astronomy Bizarre" on May 27. The show was originally scheduled for May of 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
- Disney's "Frozen" will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 14.
- "Hamilton" will be at the theater from July 2 through July 25 through Broadway at the Eccles, the company that brings touring Broadway shows to the venue.
Several big names originally slated to perform have since been canceled or indefinitely postponed out of concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Singer Mandy Moore's concert was canceled.
- Comedian Carol Burnett's show has been postponed with no rescheduled date yet announced.
- Improve act "Whose Live Anyway?" featuring comedians on the popular show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" has also been indefinitely postponed.
Tickets purchased bought for a show that was later postponed will be honored at the venue once the new performance is rescheduled. The theater, which is operated by Salt Lake County Arts Venues, will not run any shows before Feb. 28. The venue has taken several precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to its website.
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- Disney's "Tarzan" runs through Jan. 16
- "Les Miserables" runs from April 3 through June 19
- "Daddy Long Legs" runs from April 12 through June 12
- "Guys and Dolls" runs from July 5 through Aug. 14
- "Always … Patsy Cline" runs from June 21 through Aug. 28
- "The Secret Garden" runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 23
- Agatha Christie's "The Mouse Trap" runs from Sept. 13 through Nov. 20
- "Peter Pan" runs from Nov. 8 through Jan. 15
The theater has installed plexiglass at its box office windows and regularly cleans its offices, as well. Ticket lines are marked to ensure social distancing guidelines can be met, and patrons are allowed to exchange tickets if they need to cancel their original attendance due to COVID-19.
Shows are offered at a limited capacity to ensure social distancing standards can be met, and face coverings are required at all times. Touch-free purchasing is offered and hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout the theater.
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The company will launch a shortened season in February featuring a select few performances, including:
- "Something Rotten!" which is available from Feb. 19 through March 16
- "Legally Blonde" running from May 7 through May 22
The venue requires face masks.
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- Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" will run from Jan. 6 through Feb. 13
- "Emma," adapted from the Jane Austen novel, will run from April 23 through June 5
- "The Sound of Music" runs from June 18 through Aug. 7
- "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" runs from Oct. 8 through Nov. 20
All patrons and employees are required to wear face coverings at all times, and social distancing measures are practiced in lines and during performances. The venue has also upgraded its ventilation system to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.