The Rockettes dance company has announced that the COVID-19 has forced them to cancel the remainder of their shows.
“We regret that we are unable to continue the Christmas Spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic,” the group said in a statement Friday. “We had hoped we could make it through the season and are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at more than 100 shows over the last seven weeks. We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022.”
— Rockettes (@Rockettes) December 17, 2021
All the ticket holders will receive refunds for the canceled show, and MSG Entertainment says that some people on social media have expressed their frustration with poor communication and late notice.
“As of right now, I haven’t gotten an email even letting me know that they canceled,” Allie Reitnauer, who had two tickets to the Saturday night show, told Fox News. “I just saw the post on social media.”
Reitnauer says she is traveling from Massachusetts to New York City, and she now cannot cancel her hotel. Additionally, her 11-year-old daughter loves dancing and dance programs 4.5 hours a week took the COVIS-19 vaccine so she would be able to attend the performances, only to have it canceled.
“The lack of communication is what’s sad,” Reitnauer said. “They turned off comments so you couldn’t ask any questions on the initial closure post.”
On Wednesday, New York state reported nearly 18,250 new cases of the COVID-19, the third-highest total for any single day since coronavirus tests became widely available to the public in 2020. Nearly 83,200 people have tested positive in the seven-day, the most for any such period since last January.