ALL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS ARE CANCELED UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO REOPEN
Updated January 14, 2021
Overture Center is committed to the safety of our guests, resident organizations, artists, volunteers and staff. In response to the current COVID-19 global health crisis, we are taking an “intermission” by suspending performances and in-person programs until further notice.
- In an act of financial preservation, we have reduced our workforce by 65% with some employees being furloughed, laid off or having their hours reduced, and some positions have been eliminated. We have reduced overhead expenses by more than 60% and suspended the search for a new CEO/President. Through these cost-saving measures, we are working to secure a positive future for Overture and our employees.
- We are working closely with our resident arts companies to support their plans. By working together, we hope to ensure Overture maintains its central role in the artistic community.
- While the building is closed, our mission will continue. We are finding ways to promote the arts and share the joy of the arts within our community.
- Our social media platforms continue to engage patrons with new content. View our digital programming and let us know what you like.
- Ticketholders for Overture Presents and Broadway at Overture will be contacted regarding individual performance status and options as shows confirm their changes. Many patrons have donated the value of tickets for canceled shows as a gift to Overture, and we are deeply appreciative of their support.
- We will follow city, state and national guidelines and will reopen when it is safe to do so.
We continue to advocate for arts and live entertainment venue support at the local, state and national level. The pandemic isn’t just impacting our organization, but the entire live event industry that impacts the quality of life, economy and our creative culture throughout the nation. Our industry depends on strong local arts as well as venue networks to support touring productions; it’s important that we preserve this ecosystem.
We remain committed to providing you “something to look forward to” in a safe environment. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
See below for a detailed list of affected performances and events.
Curious about what to do with tickets to canceled shows? Read our TICKET FAQS.
How you can help
You can make a difference in Overture’s future. Overture Center is an independent 501c3 organization and much of our comeback and success depends on support from our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our organization, closing our doors since March 13, 2020. Donations enable us to offer digital programming and ensure we are able to continue our mission to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts. Please consider investing in Overture’s efforts to support a strong future for the arts in our community.
Affected performances and events
• Water Street Dance Milwaukee: Canceled
• Vienna Boys Choir: Canceled
• The Second City’s Imperfect Union: Canceled
• Doodle POP: Canceled
• Joey Taranto: Canceled
• Alton Brown: Canceled
• Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Canceled
• National Geographic Live: The Secret Life of Bears: Rescheduled for TUE, APR 6, 2021
• National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled the World: Rescheduled for TUE, SEP 21, 2021
• A Simple Space: Canceled
• Big Band Holidays: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Rubén Blades: Canceled
• NASSIM: Canceled
• Ranky Tanky: Canceled
• It’s Okay to Be Different: Canceled
• Duck Soup Cinema: Go West: Canceled
• Chris Mann: Phantom Voices: Canceled
• Nicholas Rodriguez: All is Fair in Love…: Canceled
• Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Duo: Canceled
• Carol Burnett: Rescheduled for THU, JUN 22, 2021
• Stars of the Sixties: Canceled
• An Evening with David Sedaris: In the process of rescheduling
• Mike Birbiglia Live!: Rescheduled for SAT, APR 10, 2021
• Forward Theater Company – 45 Plays for America’s First Ladies: Rescheduled to May 2021
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
• Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents John O’Conor: Canceled
Madison Symphony Orchestra
• Madison Symphony Orchestra – Ravishing Rhapsody: Canceled
• Madison Symphony Orchestra – Grand Panorama: Canceled
• A Madison Symphony Orchestra Christmas: Canceled
• Beyond the Score®: Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring: Canceled