TEMPE, AZ — ASU Gammage said Thursday that its upcoming run of Disney's Broadway musical, The Lion King, has been canceled citing "current circumstances" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff remains a top priority for ASU Gammage," the Tempe theater said in a statement. "Due to current circumstances, the June 17 – July 12 engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING has been canceled."
Those who had tickets would be automatically refunded, the theater said.
Come From Away, which was supposed to visit ASU Gammage on May 26-31, was previously canceled. Mean Girls, however, has been rescheduled for September 1-6, 2020, which will in essence kick-off ASU Gammage's fall season, which also includes Hamilton, The Band's Visit, Hadestown, and Disney's Frozen.
"ASU Gammage is working diligently with the Broadway community to reopen all theaters, we remain devoted to our audiences, artists, community, staff and our mission of Connecting Communities," the theater said.
Since restrictions went in place in early March to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, concerts, events, and festivals were quickly canceled or postponed. Gov. Doug Ducey has begun to slowly implement his phased-in approach to loosening those restrictions beginning with electric surgeries, retail stores, hair salons and barbers, and on Monday, May 11, reopening reopening restaurant dining rooms.