Now that the World Health Organization officially classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, tons of concerts, sporting events, TV show tapings, and more have been cancelled or postponed. If you have tickets to a live event scheduled for the next couple of weeks, you better check it. It’s probably cancelled.
Here’s the big stuff that has gone dark:
Broadway has dimmed the lights. The Broadway League announced that performances will resume the week of April 13, 2020.
The NBA and NHL have suspended their current season. MLB has cancelled spring training. The college basketball tournament March Madness, has been CANCELLED.
OMG. Disneyland, Disney World and Universal Studios Hollywood have all been closed through the end of March.
SXSW conference in Austin has been cancelled, along with a ton of entertainment and industry conferences. Variety has a full list.
The GLAAD Media Awards scheduled for March 19, are cancelled. American Idol’s Adam Lambert was nominated for an award, and was scheduled to perform.
The May Upfronts have been cancelled. CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and a slew of cable and streaming channels will make presentations to advertisers via video conference. News will still come out of those presentations. But without the big splashy New York events.
TV Shows Taping Without Audiences, Suspending Production
The Bachelorette has suspended production. No word on whether the reality show will be able to keep its May 18 premiere date (probably not!)
FOR NOW (fingers crossed! So You Think You Can Dance auditions will GO ON AS PLANNED.
#SYTYCD Auditions will go on as planned.
Miami: March 19 & 20
NYC: March 28 & 29
LA: April 4 & 5
There will be additional health and safety precautions in place. pic.twitter.com/mUnOmJoiAR
— Kristyn Burtt ?? (@KristynBurtt) March 13, 2020
America’s Got Talent finally scrapped their live audiences, but is still taping. That should be interesting. A few auditions with studio audiences, and the rest without? That should present an interesting editing challenge. ETA: Fremantle has suspended AGT taping for the time being.
American Idol was scheduled to tape semi-final episodes at the end of March. But reportedly, they plan to tape without an audience. It’s worth noting that both Lionel Richie (Over 60) and Katy Perry (pregnant) are members of at risk groups. Would they bail on Idol all together? Joy Behar is taking an hiatus from The View. She feels fine, but at 78, she’s taking the CDC advice to stay at home.
The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards scheduled for March 22 in Los Angeles has been postponed.
The Late Night talk shows are dark, including Tonight, Late Night, Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, etc.
The Kelly Clarkson Show has cancelled her live audiences. UPDATE: Kelly has some shows in the can, but NBC Universal has suspended production on her show.
Live with Kelly & Ryan, The View, Tamron Hall and more have also cancelled their live shows.
CBS reality shows Survivor and The Amazing Race have suspended production. Survivor is postponing filming for the next two seasons.
The Academy of Country Music Awards scheduled for April 5 are postponed until September. The iHeartmedia Awards are also postponed.
Music Events and Concerts
THIS LIST IS BY NO MEANS COMPLETE! With so many cancellations, the twice weekly concert schedule posts will also be suspended at least through the end of March. If I missed anything, and I probably did, add it to comments.
Coachella and Stagecoach have been cancelled. Carrie Underwood, Laci Kaye Booth, Gabby Barrett, Morgan Wallen and Rae Lynn were set for the latter.
Keep your eye on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. They haven’t closed their doors entirely yet. But with so many productions postponing or cancelling, I bet they go dark. Right now, they are accepting refunds from ticket holders and are working with artists to “evaluate possible postponements.”
For all other Opry House events, we are working with artists to evaluate possible postponements and/or rescheduled shows. Guests will receive updated information as soon as we have it. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) March 13, 2020
Musicians who earn their money on the road may have tough times ahead. I had a short conversation with The Voice 11 winner Sundance Head on Twitter. He’s really worried he won’t be able to earn a living.
The Music business is taking a huge hit as I’m sure other industries are as well. Financially it is very scary. I hope this doesn’t last long I’ll have to sell my body to the night!!!!????
— Sundance Head (@SundanceHead) March 12, 2020
So far just one for Friday. Fingers crossed about Saturday but things change quickly
— Sundance Head (@SundanceHead) March 12, 2020
A few hours later… Damn.
Sat show has been canceled friends. If you got to fest site refund info is there. Love y’all pic.twitter.com/yLqQpxekdG
— Sundance Head (@SundanceHead) March 12, 2020
Along with Broadway suspending shows, touring productions are also postpoing. A Bronx Tale starring American Idol 14 winner Nick Fradiani cancelled in Costa Mesa.
Performances of A Bronx Tale in Costa Mesa have been canceled after an order to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 or more in the state of California through the end of March, 2020. For additional information, visit the venue's website: https://t.co/9ttG7FJL2R https://t.co/p2iJPxKQz1
— A Bronx Tale The Musical (@BXTaleMusical) March 12, 2020
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young JUST opened previews of their dream musical, Hit Her With Skates a few days ago in Chicago. Now, the performances are on hold until April 21.
Due to Covid-19 Diana’s Chicago-based musical, Hit Her With the Skates, has been suspended. The plan is to resume performances April 21st at the Royal George Theatre.
— Diana DeGarmo News (@dianadnews) March 13, 2020
The epic coming together of American Idol winners 7 & 8, David Cook and Kris Allen respectively, will have to wait a little longer. Their Utah concert is cancelled. ETA: David and Kris’ European Tour is also cancelled
The remainder of Blake Shelton’s tour, with opener American Idol and DWTS alum Lauren Alaina, has been cancelled.
Omaha, I’m here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons – chiefly everyone’s safety and well-being – we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 12, 2020
The C2C European Country Music Festival was set to begin Friday. But with new European travel restrictions in place by the federal government, and a few big names dropping out, the tour is postponed. American Idol’s Gabby Barrett was on the bill.
Jason Aldean cancelled the last few dates of his tour with opener, The Voice alum Morgan Wallen. He says they’ll make up the dates in August.
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) March 12, 2020
American Idol 10 winner Scotty McCreery is bummed he had to cancel a hometown show.
WILMINGTON, NC fans. Tomorrow night’s (3/13) concert has been postponed. Please read Scotty’s note below. pic.twitter.com/p2TFGhM1kY
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) March 13, 2020
American Idol 9 winner Lee DeWyze moves a few West Coast shows to June.
Hey Everyone! ?? *UPDATE* pic.twitter.com/DvByG63maZ
— Lee DeWyze (@LeeDeWyze) March 13, 2020
David Archuleta’s Spring Tour is Postponed
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) March 13, 2020
Carrie Underwood cancels Oklahoma casino gig
Stay safe, Oklahoma. See you in September! ? https://t.co/B530k5Y5Jp
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 13, 2020
American Idol 13 winner Caleb Perry postpones March gigs
Hey guys all March shows are getting rescheduled. Stay tuned and pls stay safe and healthy ??????hope to see y’all on the road soon !
— Caleb Perry Johnson (@CalebJohnson) March 13, 2020
American Idol 10’s Casey Abrams postpones his tour
Casey Abrams #uncovered Tour is CANCELLED!
We tried hard to fight through the Corona Virus. Just because it won the battle, doesn’t mean it won the war.
Keep listening to my music and I will come back to play for you all, Live, very soon. Much love ???? pic.twitter.com/Zdcw7qQ9Jh
— Casey Abrams (@CaseyBassy) March 13, 2020
The Dancing with the Stars Tour is postponed
We are sad to announce that the #DWTSTour will be postponed for the remainder of the tour effective Friday March 13 due to the concerns surrounding the current global health situation.
Purchasers will be notified in the coming weeks with details about the rescheduled show dates pic.twitter.com/RmuusZSEGK
— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) March 13, 2020
Kelly Clarkson has moved the start date of her Las Vegas residency to July
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) March 13, 2020
American Idol 9 runner up Crystal Bowersox rescheduled dates
Rescheduled dates for April shows below. Our first concern is the safety of my fans, crew and band.
Sellersville, PA – 7/14
Arlington Heights, IL – 7/29 + 7/30
Kenosha, WI – 7/31
Cleveland, OH – 8/2
Pittsburgh, PA – 8/3
Pawling, NY – 8/5
Norfolk, CT – 8/7
Northampton, MA – 8/8 pic.twitter.com/trWnRc5jxh
— Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox) March 16, 2020
American Idol 13 alum Jessica Meuse, postponing concerts, but plans online shows
An update regarding my upcoming live shows and events: pic.twitter.com/FfcsvtxtC3
— Jessica Meuse (@JessMeuse) March 16, 2020
American Idol’s Chris Daughtry cancelling his current tour. Although he did play a show, his last on Saturday night. Hm.
IS THIS THING ON!!??? Hey everybody in West Wendover that came out this weekend in spite of these crazy times we’re all experiencing, thank you so much! We felt your energy and had an amazing time rocking with you… https://t.co/KOJy6Km2oC
— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) March 15, 2020
Adam Lambert has cancelled his Velvet promo tour
So excited to be releasing VELVET on the 20th! Unfortunately, due to covid-19, my promo appearances in LA, NYC and London have been cancelled. I hope everyone is staying healthy, washing their hands (and disinfecting their phones) and staying sane. Love ya!
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) March 14, 2020
The Voice 8 winner Sawyer Fredericks postpones West Coast tour dates
For the sake of public safety and for the health of our fans, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the upcoming West Coast tour dates, April 2-May 1. We are actively working with the venues to reschedule and will get that information to you as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/wpixb4ORAU
— Sawyer Fredericks (@SawyerFrdrx) March 15, 2020
The Voice 4 winner Cassadee Pope CMC Australia festival cancelled
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) March 14, 2020
The Voice 17’s Rose Short and Kadie Kadan tour cancelled
— Rose Short (@IamRoseShort) March 14, 2020