Every time we think we are emerging into the calmer, safer post-apocalyptic environment that is the aftermath of a global pandemic, something else terrible happens.
There are the unfortunate headlines regarding a new COVID variant of concern called Omicron that will “inevitably” be identified in the U.S., according to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci.
There are millions left dead and sick worldwide from this illness, and there is no overstating the seriousness of the virus.
That said, it was heartbreak nonetheless for “Hamilton” ticket holders when Dallas Summer Musicals Nov. 23 announced on Instagram, less than two hours to curtain, that the show was canceled due to COVID cases among cast members.
“We were told to arrive 90 minutes early to allow for traffic while parking, so you literally gave us less than 30 minutes notice… ” commented an Instagram user (followed by multiple arguments over whether said commenter was being “selfish” and who was being a “Karen” in the situation).
Either way, the groundbreaking, acclaimed Lin-Manuel Miranda rap, hip-hop musical is a hot ticket, and frustration is understandable. The cast was fully vaxxed (make joke about “their shot” here) and the cases were considered “breakthrough.”
DSM announced a rescheduled performance Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
“If you are unable to attend the December 5 performance, you will have the option to exchange your tickets for another performance or to receive a full refund by contacting your original point of purchase,” DSM reports.
According to the news release, all remaining performances of Hamilton at the Music Hall at Fair Park are scheduled to go on as planned.
Also, if you are holding Hamilton tickets, please take heed. Traffic is insane en route to Fair Park. If you are driving around the area prior to any showtime, this is also good to know.
“We advise you to arrive at the Music Hall 90 minutes before your scheduled performance to guarantee on-time entry into the theater,” DSM asks.
That’s if you are driving. Take a Lyft or DART to the show and you should be golden.
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How can we do our part to prevent future cancellations of musicals and school and other things we like and need? National Institute of Health Director, Dr. Francis Collins, urges every eligible person to get up-to-date on vaccinations for starters, as scientists continue studying the effect of vaccines on the new variant.
Everyone age 5 and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. If you have been fully vaccinated with a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for a booster shot, which can help slow the spread and hopefully prevent future cancellations of musical performances and other things like school.
Eastfield College and Dallas Fair Park offer drive-thru shots. Check Dallascounty.org for details.
Texas also has a mobile vaccine program for those who are homebound.
Texas businesses, groups, or civic organizations with five or more individuals who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated can call 844.90.TEXAS (844.908.3927) and select Option 3 to schedule a visit.
- Texans who are homebound can call 844.90.TEXAS (844.908.3927) and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to come to their home.
Texans with disabilities needing assistance getting vaccinated can contact the Disability Rights Texas Hotline (DRTx Vaccine Hotline) by phone or email, at 1.800.880.8401 or vaccine@DRTx.org.