The cold weather season can get us all, as this week’s headlines in entertainment have shown a handful of prominent shows delayed or canceled due to illness. Concerts by Celene Dion and Lana Del Rey both fell to the bug, as did Steve Martin’s limited-engagement Broadway production, Meteor Shower.
Willie Nelson, who abruptly ended a show on Saturday just after it started and other upcoming events, also did so due to illness.
Dion actually canceled a pair of performances, with her Saturday show at the Colosseum in Las Vegas and then Tuesday’s show at the same venue both called due to “throat inflammation,” according to a post on the Quebecois chanteuse’s Facebook page. “We regret to inform you that tonight’s performance (Tuesday, January 9) of “Celene” at The Colosseum at Caesars palace has been cancelled. Celene is recovering from inflammation of the throat and her doctor has instructed her to take one more day of rest in order to fully recover,” the statement reads, in part. She is scheduled to perform on Friday in the next schedule date of her residency at the theater.
The flu was cited for Del Rey’s cancellation, which dropped a show in Kansas City just a day before the performance. “Kansas City, Missouri, I’m so sorry to have to cancel the show tomorrow but I’ve come down with the flu so I’ll be resuming the tour in Chicago. We will try and find a make up date- and refunds are available at point of purchase,” read a tweet from the singer, whose tour just kicked off on Friday. Her next stop, scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, is still scheduled to go off, as of Wednesday afternoon.
“Meteor Shower” suffered a rare cancellation for Broadway, which needed a very specific set of circumstances to happen. Schumer and co-star Laura Benanti, who make up half the cast of the play, both took ill – and they share an understudy.
“We’re really sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience today’s audience will experience, and we look forward to welcoming back Amy and Laura next week,” producer Joey Parnes told Newsday in a statement.
So, long story short, don’t feel bad if you also feel a bit under the weather. It appears that you’re not alone.