March 9, 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 501(c)(3) 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


COME FROM AWAY: Rescheduled for TUE, SEP 28 – SUN, OCT 3, 2021
MEAN GIRLS: Rescheduled for TUE, JAN 11 – SUN, JAN 16, 2022
CHICAGO: Canceled and replaced with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on TUE, NOV 16 – SUN, NOV 21, 2021
OKLAHOMA!: Canceled and replaced with HAIRSPRAY on TUE, FEB 22 – SUN, FEB 27, 2022
THE PROM: Rescheduled for TUE, MAR 22 – SUN, MAR 27, 2022
DEAR EVAN HANSEN: Rescheduled for TUE, MAY 10 – SUN, MAY 15, 2022
AIN’T TOO PROUD: Rescheduled for TUE, JUN 14 – SUN, JUN 19, 2022

Overture Presents

The Second City’s Imperfect Union: Canceled
Doodle POP: Canceled
Joey Taranto: Canceled
Alton Brown: Canceled
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
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Duo: Canceled
A Quest for Freedom performed by Nai-Ni Chen & the Ahn Trio: Canceled
What the Constitution Means to Me: Canceled
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Canceled
One Night of Queen: Canceled
Afrique en Cirque: Canceled
Duck Soup Cinema: Why Worry: Canceled
RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles: Canceled
Trinity Irish Dance Company: Canceled
The Flying Karamazov Brothers present 4 PLAY: Canceled

Presenting Partners

Carol Burnett: Canceled
An Evening with David Sedaris: Rescheduled for SAT, DEC 11, 2021
Mike Birbiglia Live!: Rescheduled for SAT, NOV 6, 2021
Scooby-Doo! And the Lost City of Gold: Canceled

Resident Companies

Forward Theater
Forward Theater Company – 46 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