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Updates to the 19-20 and 20-21 Willis Broadway Series


A MESSAGE FROM JEFF CHELESEVIG

Thank you for both your patience and support during this challenging time. As we all know, the world is a very different place than it was when we closed our doors in March. We appreciate your continued understanding as we address the ongoing changes made necessary by the pandemic. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to you that we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of rescheduling shows in our Willis Broadway Series. 

Since the onset of the crisis, we have been working diligently behind the scenes to reschedule as many shows in our 2019-20 season as possible, as well as some of the productions in our 2020-21 season. However, the booking of touring productions across the country is a highly involved operation during normal times. As you can imagine, this is now even more difficult with virtually all the theaters in the U.S. having to reschedule touring shows as well. Therefore, it is possible that further date changes may occur. We will communicate changes to you promptly as they occur.

Your loyalty to the Willis Broadway Series is valued and important to us. It is because of your commitment and support we are able to present numerous first-run touring Broadway productions at the Civic Center year after year. I am pleased to share the status of programming in the 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series and the remainder of the 2019-20 season. 

SHOW UPDATES

You may be aware that Broadway and the majority of performing arts centers around the country have postponed opening to early 2021. This is when we believe that many of the touring Broadway shows will likely resume as well.

The following are updates regarding shows in the Willis Broadway Series:

2019-20 SEASON

  • My Fair Lady, currently scheduled for November 2020 will be rescheduled in 2021
  • The Band’s Visitwill be rescheduled in 2021
  • Bernadette Peters In Concert will be rescheduled in 2021
  • Riverdance has been rescheduled to May 28 – 30, 2021

2020-21 SEASON

At this time, the package and add-on shows in our 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series at the Civic Center beginning in February 2021 are all scheduled to play the same dates as originally announced:

  • Tootsie, February 23 - 28, 2021
  • Hadestown, April 20 – 25, 2021
  • To Kill A Mockingbird, July 6 – 11, 2021
  • Cats (Season add-on) March 8 – 14, 2021
  • Rent (Season add-on) April 2 – 3, 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are able to reschedule these fall 2020 package shows, although specific dates are pending:

  • 1776
  • Hamilton

The price to renew your 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series Season Tickets have been reduced from what was originally communicated as Disney’s Aida will no longer be touring next season in North America. Your 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series Season Ticket renewal price is now [DYNAMIC] for [DYNAMIC] seats.

Please know that we will announce the rescheduled dates to you as soon as the producers confirm them with us.

To recap, the 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series will begin in February 2021 instead of in November 2020. We remain committed to bringing you the best of Broadway, and sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to deliver you the full experience that comes with your season tickets.

Please continue to hold on to your tickets to My Fair Lady, The Band’s Visit, Bernadette Peters In Concert, and Riverdance, as they will still be used for the rescheduled performances. Also, please note that we will be sending your tickets for the shows in the 2020-21 Willis Broadway Series later in the year.

WE ARE HOLDING YOUR SEATS

If you have not renewed for the 20-21 Willis Broadway Series, please know that we are holding your current 2019-20 Willis Broadway Series seats and will continue to do so until such time we need to implement a deadline.

YOUR INVESTMENT IS SAFE

DMPA always holds ticket revenue for shows in a separate account which ensures that in the event of a show cancellation we are able to offer you a full refund. 

MOVING FORWARD

There is still much to be determined before we can confidently reopen our venues and welcome you back. We continue to work through the process of researching, developing, and implementing safety measures for our audiences, artists, staff, musicians, stagehands, and volunteers. 

Our Operations Team is collaborating with the Broadway community, the International Association of Venue Managers, and other major performing arts centers around the country in the creation of safety and health protocols that will be implemented at the Civic Center. Additionally, we are receiving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local authorities. 

The theater has a powerful way of connecting and healing communities and I know that when we resume operations our venues will again serve this purpose. We are unwavering in our commitment to present the very best Broadway has to offer. I have been so heartened by your patience, encouragement, and confidence in DMPA as we work through these challenging times. Thank you.

We will continue to be transparent with you and share details for future engagements when they are confirmed. In the meantime, our Ticket Office staff is available to discuss any questions you may have by contacting them at info@dmpa.org or by calling (515) 246-2300. Please note that our colleagues are working remotely and calls may take longer than normal to be returned. 

All of us at DMPA look forward to welcoming you back to the Civic Center as soon as it is safe for everyone.

Again, thank you for your continued support.