Updated July 14, 2020

Overture Center is committed to the safety of our guests, resident organizations, artists, volunteers and staff. In response to the current health situation, we are taking an “intermission” by suspending performances and in-person programs through the end of November.

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many touring shows are not traveling around the country, which means Overture will not have a presenting season this fall.
  • We are exploring the possibility of holiday programming in December.
  • We will continue to work closely with and support our resident arts companies in their plans as much as possible. 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 galleries remain active with new digital versions of exhibits and 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.
  • We will follow city, state and national guidelines and will reopen when it is safe to do so.

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.

What’s next? View OUR FUTURE FAQS.

How You Can Help

You can make a difference in Overture’s future. Overture’s mission to “support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts” comes alive in our 20 community programs, making it possible for schools, families and individuals of all ages to engage in the arts. Each year, we serve nearly 300,000 community members of all ages and backgrounds through these free and low-cost programs.

With the current economic uncertainty, the great influx of people experiencing layoffs and lost jobs, the demand for these opportunities will only increase. We want to be ready to meet that demand.

To do that, we need your help! Now through the end of the year, we aim to raise $1.5 million to help cover operating expenses to support digital programming and ensure we are able to come back to supporting and elevating our community through the arts. Please consider investing in Overture’s efforts to heal the community through art.


Affected performances and events


COME FROM AWAY: Rescheduled for SEP 7 – 12, 2021
MEAN GIRLS: More information coming soon
CHICAGO: More information coming soon

Overture Presents

One Night of Queen: Rescheduled for WED, MAR 31, 2021
The Flying Karamazov Brothers Present 4 PLAY: Rescheduled for FRI, JUN 4, 2021
Air Play: Rescheduled for WED, MAY 5, 2021
Classic Albums Live performs AC/DC’s Back in Black: Canceled
RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles: Rescheduled for WED, APR 21, 2021
The Finest Hour featuring Davina & The Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown: Canceled
Whose Live Anyway?: Rescheduled for THU, MAY 20, 2021
Tape Face: Rescheduled for SUN, MAR 28, 2021
National Geographic Live: Invisible Wonders: Rescheduled for TUE, AUG 24, 2021
Duck Soup Cinema – Why Worry: Rescheduled for SAT, APR 17, 2021
Mariachi Herencia de México: Canceled
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

Presenting Partners

Boz Scaggs: Canceled
Steve Martin and Martin Short: In the process of rescheduling
Scooby-Doo! And the Lost City of Gold: In the process of rescheduling
Carol Burnett: Rescheduled for THU, JUN 22, 2021
Stars of the Sixties: In the process of rescheduling
An Evening with David Sedaris: In the process of rescheduling
Mike Birbiglia Live!: Rescheduled for SAT, APR 10, 2021

Resident Companies

Forward Theater
Forward Theater Company – The Lifespan of a Fact: Virtual Performance
Forward Theater Company – 45 Plays for America’s First Ladies: Rescheduled to May 2021

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents Yolanda Kondonassis: Rescheduled to May 2021
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents John O’Conor: Canceled

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Madison Symphony Orchestra – Ode to Joy: Canceled
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


Overture Center for the Arts Blood Drive: Canceled