The rapid spread of the coronavirus has sparked a flurry of cancellations and postponements in the entertainment industry as safety concerns grow.
The Jonas Brothers became the latest musicians to pump the brakes on touring, announcing Friday the cancellation of their Las Vegas residency in April.
After “growing concern for our fans, touring staff and families’ wellness we regret to announce that our April 1-18 Las Vegas residency at Park MGM is being cancelled,” the brothers tweeted Friday, adding that they “did not make this decision lightly.”
Late Friday, Universal Pictures announced that its live-action film productions — including the upcoming sequel “Jurassic World: Dominion,” the biopic “Flint Strong” with Ice Cube, and an untitled Judd Apatow project starring Billy Eichner (currently in pre-production) — would ramp down and go on hiatus starting over the weekend.
Universal followed Walt Disney Studios, which announced a halt to its entire film production Thursday: In the works for Disney are the live-action “Little Mermaid” musical directed by Rob Marshall, which was due to start shooting next week, Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,” the Disney+ “Home Alone” reboot, Ben Affleck’s knight tale “The Last Duel,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Peter Pan & Wendy” and “Shrunk.”
A Disney corporate statement read: “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
Universal echoed the same sentiment in its statement, as the studio “continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks.”
Earlier Thursday, Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan,” which was supposed to hit theaters March 27, was postponed, a studio source not authorized to speak on the record confirmed to USA TODAY.
The studio will announce a new date for a 2020 release later.
“Mulan” had previously been holding on to its release date. Disney moved forward with their Hollywood world premiere Monday and held a scaled-down premiere in London Thursday.
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Here are musicians, television shows, movies, award shows and festivals that have canceled or postponed events over safety concerns.
NBC Universal, Disney, Warner Bros. and CBS halt productions, including ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Production of the current season of ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” was postponed on March 12 “out of an abundance of caution.” In a letter to the series’ cast and crew, executive producers Krista Vernoff and Debbie Allen said the suspension will last at least two weeks. But later in the week, NBC Universal suspended production on about 35 series, from “Chicago Fire” to “Kelly Clarkson,” while Warner Bros., another major supplier of shows, said it would halt production on some of its 70 shows, including “Riverdale” and pilots for the upcoming season. Disney also said it would stop production on pilots for at least three weeks.
Late-night talk shows
Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers are all benched, at least until March 30, after airing audience-free episodes on Thursday. Plans changed amid heightened scrutiny of large auditorium crowds.
‘Grace and Frankie’
Skydance Television, the producer of the Netflix comedy, confirmed to USA TODAY on March 12 that production of the seventh and final season has been placed on hold “to ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew.” The series stars Jane Fonda, 82, and Lily Tomlin, 80.
‘The Price is Right’
The game show is temporarily on hold, Fremantle announced on March 12. “As live audiences are integral to the format of ‘The Price Is Right,’ we will be suspending production for the short term,” the production company said in a statement provided to USA TODAY by Jordan Perlmutter.
CBS says it will delay “Survivor” production by two months on the 41st season of “Survivor,” due to begin filming in Fiji, and is tentatively planning to begin instead on May 19.
‘The Amazing Race’
CBS paused production in February on “The Amazing Race,” its reality competition in which pairs sprint around the globe, after shooting three episodes in England and Scotland. CBS confirmed that “no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it.”
The reality dating competition canceled plans to shoot Clare Crawley’s international getaway in Italy, where at least 12,462 cases of coronavirus were confirmed as of March 11.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’
USA TODAY confirmed on March 10 that Disney had shut down production of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in Prague after the Czech Republic city closed schools and instituted restrictions on events and travel. According to Deadline, the Disney+ series from Marvel, which mostly shoots in Atlanta, was filming in Prague for about a week.
On March 12, Disney pushed back the release of its horror flick “Antlers,” originally dated for April 17. The studio will announce a new date for a 2020 release later.
The ninth “Fast and Furious” installment release date is moving from May 2020 to April 2021, the franchise announced Thursday on Twitter.
“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film,” read a statement on the official @TheFastSaga account. “While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this movie is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.”
Paramount Pictures postponed the release of the action comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani from April 3 to a date not yet determined.
Disney postponed Marvel’s “New Mutants,” which was previously set for April 3. The studio will announce a new date for a 2020 release later.
‘No Time To Die’
The release date for Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film “No Time to Die” has been postponed until November amid the global coronavirus outbreak.
‘Mission: Impossible VII’
Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible VII” filming was halted in Venice, Italy following a coronavirus outbreak in the country. Paramount Studio announced in February the cessation of the planned three-week Venice shoot, which would have been the start of production for the action franchise which stars Cruise as death-defying IMF agent Ethan Hunt.
‘A Quiet Place: Part II’
The sequel to the 2018 horror hit, planned for release March 20, is pushed back, director John Krasinski shared on Twitter. “I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together,” Krasinski added. A new date hasn’t been announced.
Krasinski is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on March 28, making him the second star in a row to host while promoting a movie that has been pushed back due to coronavirus. James Bond franchise star Daniel Craig hosted March 7.
Sandler announced on March 11 that he’s postponing his upcoming stand-up comedy tour. “We’ve been looking forward to this upcoming tour for a long time but after a lot of thought we have decided to postpone the March dates,” Sandler tweeted about his “Adam Sandler 100% Fresher Tour 2020.”
He advised everyone to “stay safe, wash your hands, don’t make out with Schneider, and we will get through this like champs.”
On March 12, Seinfeld announced on Instagram that he’s pushing back his sold-out stand-up comedy shows in New York this weekend to “another time when we can relax and enjoy it a lot more.” Rescheduled date will be announced shortly, he added.
The “Daily Show” host announced on March 13 he would be postponing his comedy tour dates for the next month “in support of the World Health Organization’s efforts to inform and help individual communities slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“By reducing large gatherings, we can help flatten the curve of any possible outbreaks to keep it manageable within our communities,” Noah wrote in a tweet. “All postponed dates will be rescheduled and new show info will be posted to my website as soon as it comes in.”
The “American Idol” alum postponed the April 1st opening of her Las Vegas residency until July “out of concern and care for everyone’s safety,” she tweeted on March 13. Details about ticket replacement are soon to come, she added.
The teen announced on March 12 that she’s postponing nearly a dozen shows in March on the North American leg of her tour, “Where do we go?”
“i’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. we’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. please keep yourselves healthy. i love you,” the teen tweeted. Postponed stops include Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C.
The rocker explained on March 13 that he backed out of his appearance on the Entertainment Cruise Productions’ ’80s Cruise because he’s in the “high risk categories for contracting the virus.” He wrote, “I am a Type One Insulin-Dependent Diabetic… Diabetes cause an extremely compromised immune system.”
The ’80s Cruise departed from Miami, Florida on March 8 and returns to the port on March 15.
Something in the Water music festival
Pharrell Williams’ Virginia music festival was pushed back until April 2021 “after much consideration.” Purchased tickets will be honored for next year’s festival, according to a Twitter announcement posted on March 13. Refunds are also available.
The 2020 lineup for the Something in the Water included Post Malone, Chance the Rapper, Pharrell and Friends, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, the Creator, and more.
Dion announced on Twitter Thursday that the remainder of the North American leg of her Courage World Tour, from March 24 to April 27, would be suspended. Ticket holders of the postponed performances were told to keep their original tickets to use at the rescheduled dates later this year.
On Tuesday, Dion rescheduled shows on March 11 (in Washington D.C.) and March 13 (Pittsburgh) due to a “common cold.”
“After completing a six-show run … Celine began feeling the symptoms of a common cold. The symptoms persisted into Tuesday, and her doctors instructed her to rest for the next 5-7 days,” a message posted Tuesday on Dion’s Facebook page read. “After testing her, the doctors concluded that her virus was not related to COVID-19.”
Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, postponed the festival “at the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities.” Coachella is being rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 and 16-18.
Stagecoach, Coachella’s country music counterpart, is also postponed until the fall. Originally slated to take place late April, Stagecoach will now take place Oct. 23-25.
The annual celebration of all things country music will be rescheduled, organizers said Thursday. It was originally planned for May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Performers were to include Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum. The venue has announced that all upcoming events are on hold.
Dan + Shay
Country music duo Dan + Shay announced plans to postpone the spring leg of their “The (Arena) Tour,” pushing back 39 shows throughout the country. The first new show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was originally scheduled for March 20 but will now take place July 30, with shows continuing through October.
“For the safety of everyone, we have decided to postpone our new arena tour until July,” the post read. “All tickets will be honored for the new dates. Most importantly, stay safe and take care of you and your loved ones. We’ll get through this together.”
Indie rock band The Format rescheduled reunion shows in New York, Chicago and Phoenix that were planned for March and April to July. The group led by former Fun. frontman Nate Ruess, joked on Instagram that if “we could wait 12 years, what’s another few months?”
Rock band The Who postponed their UK and Ireland tour that was scheduled to start Monday and run through April 8.
The singer-songwriter announced he was postponing four shows this month, from the March 12 concert in Austin, Texas to the March 21 show in Birmingham, Alabama. New dates will come later.
My Chemical Romance
The rock band, which recently reunited to go on tour after six years apart, announced on March 12 they’d be postponing their Japan show dates and said they’re working to reschedule.
“The promoter of our Japan shows suggested that we postpone the shows in Japan for the safety of the public, and we are heeding that advice,” the note read. “We had very much hoped to have alternate dates confirmed before we announced the postponement, to make sure our fans knew we had every intention of coming back. Somehow, word got out before we could do that.”
On March 11, the Grammy-award winner announced the cancellation of her Oklahoma City concert on March 12 because she felt it “wasn’t safe.”
“I AM SO SORRY, BUT YOUR HEALTH IS PARAMOUNT,” she tweeted. “CONCERTS R AMAZING FUN, BUT NOTHING IS WORTH YOUR HEALTH.I ALL OF YOU,BUT THIS MORNING IT FELT IT WASNT SAFE.”
The pop star announced on her website on March 9 that her March 10-11 Madame X shows in Paris are cancelled now that France has banned events with more than 1,000 people in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Carey announced on Twitter on March 3 that she was rescheduling a March 10 concert in Hawaii because of the “evolving international travel restrictions” stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. She moved her Honolulu concert stop to Nov. 28, where she will perform her “special All I Want for Christmas Is You & Hits extravaganza for the first time ever in Hawaii!”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band postponed their North American tour. “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate,” the rock band tweeted on March 9. “It is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements.”
Pearl Jam added that the risk of continuing with the tour as scheduled is “too high for our comfort level” especially since there’s “been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work.”
The Grammy-winning star announced on March 10 that he has canceled the European tour dates of his Miraculous 2020 World Tour. Refunds will be available through point of purchase. The tour was scheduled to start March 17 in Poland.
The pop star, who was set to headline an Australian bushfire relief concert on March 13, released a statement on March 9 saying she’s “no longer travelling to Australia for the show.” In lieu of her performance, Cyrus vowed to make a donation to support bushfire victims, a cause close to her heart after Cyrus lost her Malibu home during the 2018 California wildfires.
The rocker pressed pause on his highly-anticipated Crazy Horse tour, citing his “older audience” as a concern. “The idea of announcing the tour and putting tickets on sale is questionable and needs to be thought through,” he wrote on March 7 on his website, Neil Young Archives.
Zac Brown Band
The band announced it was postponing the spring leg of its “The Owl Tour.” In a social media post on March 10, the band said it made the decision “out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns.” Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled shows, which have yet to be announced.
The Grammy-winning singer, who is pregnant, was set to perform in Texas at the grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO on March 19 but announced on March 7 that the event is being postponed. The grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO will now take place in the summer and the concert will be rescheduled for later this year.
Fourteen of the singer’s tour dates, from March 17 through April 5, will be postponed. Dates beginning May 2 in Anaheim, California will continue as scheduled.
“I was looking forward to getting back on the road but the safety of my fans and my touring family of course take priority under the current circumstances…Stay well everyone,” said Buble in a release.
In March, the band’s Knotfest announced on Twitter on March 4 that it was postponing this year’s Japan festival due to “the current situation in connection with the coronavirus mandates” in the country. The festival was originally scheduled for March 20 and 21. The announcement stated that ticket holders can wait for the rescheduled dates, which are yet to be announced, or can wait for info on how to receive a refund.
In February, Khalid postponed his upcoming “Free Spirit World Tour” shows in several Asian countries, citing recent advisories and travel restrictions. “Our highest priority remains the safety of Khalid’s fans, his team and everyone who has been working on these concerts,” promoter AEG Presents Asia wrote in a statement on Feb. 13.
The Korean pop group was scheduled to kick off their “BTS Map of the Soul Tour” on April 11 in Seoul, South Korea, one of the hardest hit areas by the coronavirus.
The rock band announced on social media on Feb. 28 that they’re nixing their tour dates in Asia “due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus.” Green Day was scheduled to perform in Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan starting in March as part of their “Hella Mega Tour.”
Lavigne was scheduled to begin the Asian leg of her “Head Above Water World Tour” in Shenzhen, China on April 23, but the star announced on social media that the shows in Asian countries have been canceled. She was scheduled to perform in Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, among other Chinese cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai from April 23- May 29. On March 5, Lavigne announced another set of cancellations in Europe.
The a cappella pop group announced on Twitter on March 10 that they will postpone the European leg of their World Tour, which was set for March 16 through April 8. The group added that they are working to rescheduling these performances and that fans should hold onto their tickets in the meantime.
Ultra electronic dance music festival
The three-day event that draws thousands of people from around the world was set to begin March 20 at Miami’s downtown Bayfront Park, but city officials announced on March 5 that the electronic dance music festival has been postponed. Among the acts scheduled to perform were David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Cash Cash, Martin Garrix and Galantis, according to the Ultra website.
Events and awards shows
Tribeca Film Festival
The annual NYC film festival pulled the plug on March 12, saying in a statement that while “it is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community … we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
The Cleveland-based 35th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been postponed from May 2 to an unannounced date. Details for the HBO live broadcast of the event will be shared later, a statement from the Rock Hall said. The 2020 inductees are: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex.
Meanwhile, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland is “maintaining normal operating hours,” the Thursday release said.
The annual four-day trade show in Las Vegas, at which studios preview their big films for theater owners, was scheduled for March 30- April 2 in Las Vegas but was canceled late Wednesday because “a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community is not able to attend CinemaCon.”
The decision was made following “the travel ban from the European Union, the unique travel difficulties in many other areas of the world and other challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Mitch Neuhauser, the managing director for the National Association of Theatre Owners, which runs CinemaCon.
James Beard Foundation Awards
Considered the Oscars of the food world, the awards events that are postponed include the James Beard Media Awards (originally scheduled for April 24 in Manhattan), the Leadership Awards (May 3, in Chicago), and the Restaurant & Chef Awards (May 4, in Chicago). The final nominees announcement will be made on March 25 from Philadelphia as scheduled, as of now.
Kids Choice Awards
On March 11, Nickelodeon announced that its March 22 awards program has been postponed “in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show.”
The Paley Center announced on March 11 that its annual event in Los Angeles will be postponed “out of an abundance of concern,” said spokesperson Teresa Brady. The television festival, which was scheduled from March 13 to 21, is looking into rescheduling dates, when purchased tickets will be honored.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on March 11 the cancellation of the GLAAD Awards on March 19th in New York City. “Given our long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the #GLAADawards will no longer take place,” the organization tweeted.
Night of Too Many Stars benefit
HBO announced on March 11 that the Jon Stewart-hosted live, all-star benefit for autism programs has been postponed for a future date. “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” was scheduled to take place on April 18 in New York City.
The South by Southwest music, film and technology conference was canceled after the city of Austin declared a local disaster on March 6 to prevent the event from taking place, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said at a news conference, even though there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the Austin area. Officials of SXSW described themselves as “devastated” by the development.
RuPaul’s DragCon LA
Organizers for RuPaul’s DragCon LA announced on March 10 that the drag convention, scheduled for May, has been cancelled this year due to coronavirus concerns. The announcement, posted on the event’s website, noted the convention will return in 2021 “better than ever.” Organizers added they will be working with Eventbrite over the next seven days to issue refunds.
AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute
The American Film Institute said on March 7 it is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Julie Andrews in an apparent response to the new coronavirus outbreak. The organization originally planned to give Andrews, 84, its Life Achievement Award on April 25 in Los Angeles. The event will be rescheduled for early summer.
Country Music Awards
Officials with the Academy of Country Music Awards said in a statement on March 11 they were “closely monitoring” the spread of coronavirus. The awards show is set to take place April 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Keith Urban hosting.
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place as scheduled on March 29 in Los Angeles, according to a statement sent to USA TODAY. Usher is set to host. “Our primary goal is always the safety our guests, employees and partners and we will continue to provide any relevant updates as they become available,” the statement said.
Contributing: Gary Levin; Brian Truitt; Charles Trepany, Rasha Ali; Jennifer McClellan, Gary Grace Hauck; The Associated Press; Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic.