Goodspeed Musicals postponed its only remaining show Wednesday, pushing “South Pacific” into 2021. The show initially had been delayed from earlier in the season to the fall.

The change means Goodspeed has canceled its entire 2020 season of musicals due to COVID-19 and the pressures the pandemic puts on indoor venues.

Executive Director Michael Gennaro announced the move in a release, saying that safety of staff and patrons was paramount.

“This decision was reached after weeks of exploring, creating and revising best practice protocols to bring the audience safely back into the theater. And in the end, as much as we want to begin presenting musicals in our theater again this fall, we realized that we could not overcome the obstacles under the evolving state guidelines to bring an audience safely into the Opera House.”

Goodspeed typically presents three full-production musicals at the landmark venue on the Connecticut River.

“We love creating and presenting musicals,” Gennaro said. “Canceling our entire 2020 season has affected every staff member through layoffs, furloughs and reduced pay and caused severe financial hardship for the institution. However, we realize that today’s pain and sacrifice will allow us to come back in the spring of 2021 stronger than ever.”

Those who have tickets the show will be contacted directly by email and are asked not to call the box office because of very limited staffing. Patrons interested in helping are encouraged to donate their unused tickets for all canceled performances as tax-deductible gifts to support the theater.

Gennaro expressed gratitude for the generous support from the Goodspeed members, patrons and the theater community. “Thanks to their help and support, Goodspeed will survive this pandemic. All of us look forward to the day when we can return to our beloved Opera House and enjoy musical theater at its finest.”

Connecticut Media Group