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The show won’t go on: ‘Hamilton’ scrubbed as Curry halts events at Jacksonville venues

‘Not happening,’ Curry tells reporter about highly anticipated musical

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In response to the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry on Friday took the extraordinary step of suspending events at all city venues until further notice.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated event impacted by the shutdown is the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” which had been set to begin a series of 16 shows at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on March 17.

“Not happening,” Curry told a reporter when asked if the show would go on.

The FSCJ Artist Series released a statement following the mayor’s remarks, confirming that “Hamilton" shows are postponed out of caution “due to the growing concern over COVID-19.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our audience, staff, cast and crew before anything else," the statement said in part. “All performances for the remaining shows in the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville are expected to go on as scheduled."

The promoter is asking those who purchased tickets to hold onto them as they work to bring the musical back to Jacksonville. Make-up dates were not released, but ticket holders will be contacted with any updates.

“We look forward to welcoming you back into a clean and safe gathering space for our community to enjoy the shared experience of seeing stories live on stage,” the statement said.