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Broadway musical ‘Company’ shuts down mid-show due to apparent food poisoning

The hit Broadway musical “Company” known as curtains earlier than the primary track of Friday night time’s efficiency — over an apparent case of food poisoning.

The sudden announcement sparked a small panic among the many viewers on the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre after a number of productions had been pressured to shut this week due to coronavirus outbreaks.

“Immediately everyone thought they got a [positive] PCR test back… but they made it immediately clear it was not COVID,” stated theatergoer Maddie Kevelson, an Upper West Side resident who works as a dressing up assistant.

“I’m like, food poisoning? But it is what it is,” she advised The Post. “There are no understudies in the city right now.”


According to witnesses, a voice got here on over the mic earlier than the present’s opening track and stated that there was an issue backstage and the crew was wanted.

A case of food poisoning forced the sudden shut down of the musical A case of food poisoning pressured the sudden shut down of the musical “Company” on Dec. 17, 2021.Getty Images

After about 10 minutes of confusion, legendary actress and singer Patti Lupone bought on stage, and urged everybody to stay calm.

“We have a little issue that we have to deal with backstage and we wanted you to be calm about it and we wanted you to know that everything is OK,” the Tony-award winner advised the group, in accordance to a video obtained by The Post.


The audience had already taken their seats to watch The viewers had already taken their seats to watch “Company” on Broadway when the announcement was made. Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy

Kevelson, 23, stated the stage supervisor got here on the mic about quarter-hour later and advised everybody the present wouldn’t go on, “due to a non-COVID-related illness” — earlier than saying one thing like, “food poisoning is still a thing.”

A employee on the theater confirmed to The Post: “Someone had food poisoning and that’s it.”

An announcement posted to the musical’s social media accounts after the present said that: “Due to non-Covid related illness in our company, we were unable to continue with this evening’s performance.”


Due to non-Covid associated sickness in our firm, we had been unable to proceed with this night’s efficiency.
As of now, performances are nonetheless scheduled to go on tomorrow. Thank you to your understanding.

— COMPANY (@CompanyBway) December 18, 2021

Saturday’s performances had been set to proceed as deliberate. The submit instructed ticket-holders to “visit your point of purchase for refunds or exchanges.”

Kevelson, an everyday theatergoer, stated that after the preliminary announcement, individuals within the viewers immediately feared a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

“The girl next to me was crying. She came alone and she was crying,” Kevelson stated. “Everyone around me was from out of state so they were like freaking out.”

The musical will continue as planned on Saturday.The musical will proceed as deliberate on Saturday.AFP by way of Getty Images

On Thursday night time, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” was abruptly canceled after the viewers was already seated as a result of an organization staffer examined constructive for the virus.

Composed by the late Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway luminary who died late final month, “Company,” was first carried out in 1970, when it was nominated for a report 14 Tony Awards.

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