Kennedy Center cancels live performances through April 2021, expands digital presence; Kennedy Center Honors to move to virtual platform

Posted on: November 19, 2020

“The Kennedy Center is canceling all scheduled live performances through April 25 as well as next summer’s slate of Broadway touring shows,” writes Peggy McGlone in Wednesday’s (11/18) Washington Post. “The annual Kennedy Center Honors … will be produced in late spring using a hybrid format of virtual tributes and live performances. The cancellations will result in the permanent layoffs of 38 employees who had been furloughed, adding to the 64 who were laid off in July…. Although it remains mostly closed, the arts center has presented a few events, including … outdoor sunset concerts on the lawns of the Reach, which reopened this summer. It plans to offer about 20 in-person events through the spring, if conditions allow.… The Kennedy Center has dramatically expanded its virtual offerings…. A platform launching this month, Digital Stage+, will provide donors, members and subscribers access to original programming, including … concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra…. ‘We are going to be more dependent on relationships with donors and patrons.… That is the only way we are going to get through this year,’ Kennedy Center president and chief executive Deborah Rutter said.”