BroadwaySF cancels final ‘A Christmas Carol’ shows after COVID-19 cases

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“A Christmas Carol,” courtesy BroadwaySF.

BroadwaySF Wednesday evening canceled its remaining performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Golden Gate Theatre following several breakthrough COVID-19 cases within the company.

The performances began on Nov. 30 and were scheduled to continue through Dec. 26. The Wednesday matinee performance was also canceled. BroadwaySF is in the process of contacting all ticketholders to offer refunds, according to a news release.

“’A Christmas Carol’ brought much-needed joy to the Bay Area this holiday season and we are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to provide that magic for a few days longer,” said Rainier Koeners, the managing director of BroadwaySF, in a written statement. “At BroadwaySF, our first priority is the safety and comfort of all of our patrons. We regret any disappointment or inconvenience this has caused.”

The performances at the Golden Gate Theatre were the most prominent Bay Area cancelations to date, joining several music halls and bars that have also canceled shows either out of abundance of caution or due to COVID-19 cases in performers or staff. In New York, nervous Broadway productions have shut down for the rest of the year for the same reasons.

On Tuesday, the producers announced that more than $100,000 in donations have been raised for San Franciscans in need since the show began performances, with collections by representatives from Compass Family Services at the door to provide temporary shelter, food support and other essential needs to nearly 6,500 San Francisco families in need. In addition to audience donations, BroadwaySF staff and the company of “A Christmas Carol” adopted several families in the organization’s annual Christmas adopt-a-family initiative, providing gifts.