‘Hairspray’ opening night postponed for COVID-19

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The opening night production of “Hairspray” in Grand Rapids has been postponed.

The show was slotted to premiere Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall. Broadway Grand Rapids announced Tuesday afternoon that the show will be postponed due to COVID-19 cases among the cast and crew. All other performances Wednesday through Sunday are set to run as scheduled, according to a press release.

A sign at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids shows that the Jan. 11, 2022, performance of “Hairspray” is canceled.

Broadway Grand Rapids has rescheduled Tuesday’s performance to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12.

Broadway Grand Rapids ready for upcoming season

Hairspray is set to be the first Broadway show back in Grand Rapids in two years.

The show was able to open in Miami Dec. 28, but had to cancel the remainder of its shows due to positive COVID-19 tests among the company. “Hairspray” then canceled Cincinnati, which had been scheduled for Jan. 4-9.

Caleb Webb traveled from Valparaiso, Indiana to see the production only to find out about the cancelation when arriving at a parking garage.

“The guy told us that it was canceled so at that point we checked our emails and realized about an hour ago we got the email but we were already on our way here,” Webb said.

To attend shows at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, guests ages 12 and up must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. All guests will be required to wear a face mask, tickets will be digital and bags will not be allowed.

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