Barely two months into 2022, the omicron version of the coronavirus has, for a second time, messed with the schedule of a stage production at the Wick Theater in Boca Raton, said Marilynn Wick, the managing executive producer.
In an email, the Wick chief said she has made “a tough decision” to delay next month’s performance of Damn Yankees to next season. The choice, she said, reflects the impact COVID had on the current production of Gypsy which concludes this weekend.
Poster for Damn Yankees
Not only did omicron force a one-week delay in the opening of Gypsy, but Wick said that “in order to keep our doors open, we have had to make extreme shifts in scheduling and adhere to the strict and costly protocols that Equity, the Actors Union, put in place in order to operate.”
The organization’s rules require COVID tests for actors at least three times a week – paid for by the theater.
Wick said a musical show called Sh-Boom, Life Could Be a Dream, will be presented during the period which Damn Yankees would have run, March 3 to April 3.
“It breaks my heart to postpone Damn Yankees, but I feel it was for the good of the theater, the actors’ safety and, most importantly, the safety of our audience members.”
Gypsy, she said, has a cast of 27 “and each week during rehearsals, several cast members, tech crew and support staff were testing positive for COVID, which caused the delay in the opening.” Damn Yankees was scheduled to have an even larger cast of 32.
Poster for Sh-Boom, Life Could Be a Dream