Sony announced on March 30 that the studio is moving “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” from a July 10 release to March 5, 2021, and the Jared Leto superhero horror film “Morbius” from July 31 to March 19, 2021.
Other movies shifting dates this year: “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” was pushed back from Aug. 7 to Jan. 15, 2021; the Kevin Hart drama “Fatherhood” scooted up, from Jan. 15, 2021 to Oct. 23; and the Tom Hanks World War II drama “Greyhound” (slated for June 12) was pulled off the calendar entirely.
In addition, the Tom Holland-starring video-game adaptation “Uncharted” went from a March 5, 2021 release to later next year on Oct. 8, and an untitled Marvel/Sony project scheduled for Oct. 8. 2021 is now undated.
The Burning Man nonprofit said March 30 it has indefinitely postponed its main ticket sale, which was planned for April 8. Burning Man attracts approximately 80,000 attendees and is currently slated for Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
In an online statement on March 24, the reality show “Big Brother Canada” announced it is halting work on Season 8, which was already mid-production. The final two episodes of the season will air March 25 and April 1. ” ‘Big Brother Canada‘ is a labor of love for so many, and even though it hurts to say goodbye to the season, it’s the right thing to do,” said the show‘s host, Arisa Cox.
NBC said March 25 it is postponing an episode of its New York hospital drama that was to air April 7 because it centers around a flu pandemic. The show‘s Season 2 finale will air April 14, with the epidemic episode possibly running at a later date.
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10 finale
Fans of AMC’s long-running zombie apocalypse series will have to wait until “later in the year” to find out how Season 10 ends. In a press release Tuesday, the network confirmed that “current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of ‘The Walking Dead Season’ 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on Sunday, April 5.” The finale episode, when completed will air as a special on the network later this year.
‘The Walking Dead’ spin-off
A new “Walking Dead” spin-off has also been pushed back due to coronavirus. AMC’s “Walking Dead: World Beyond” was supposed to premiere April 12, but got pushed back to “later this year,” a tweet from the show‘s account announced March 20. The series is a spinoff of the original zombie apocalypse show set in the far future.
The ‘Friends’ reunion
Call it The One with the Delay? The taping of the much-awaited reunion of the six “Friends” cast members, scheduled for March 23 and 24, has been postponed, a sourced with knowledge of the matter but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to USA TODAY on March 18. Taping of the unscripted special is now supposed to happen at a later date on the “Friends” stage, Stage 24, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.
ABC’s “American Idol” will take a breather after its final taped episode airs March 29. The singing competition was due to tape two more episodes, beginning March 27, then go live through mid-May, but those plans were nixed due to the pandemic.
“Saturday Night Live” joined other late-night comedy shows in putting production on hiatus indefinitely. The next original episode, with John Krasinski hosting and Dua Lipa as musical guest, had been scheduled for March 28.
‘Fargo’ premiere delayed
After temporarily shutting down production of “Fargo,” FX is now postponing the scheduled Season 4 premiere date, which was scheduled for April 19. Physical production on eight of 10 episodes has been completed. A new premiere date will be announced when production resumes.
‘America’s Got Talent’ wraps auditions early
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” ended its Season 15 audition rounds – which had been taped without an audience – early. The show, which was expected to premiere after the Summer Olympics, is now on hiatus and will determine whether the coronavirus threat will affect scheduled April production dates.
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 for two weeks “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a letter to the cast and crew from executive producers Krista Vernoff and Debbie Allen.
Later, NBC Universal suspended production on about 35 series, from “Chicago Fire” to “Kelly Clarkson,” while Warner Bros. 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 until at least March 30.
‘Grace and Frankie’
Skydance Television, 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 production on the 41st season in Fiji until 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.
The reality dating competition canceled plans to shoot Clare Crawley’s international getaway in Italy.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’
The next chapter of the popular 1980s horror-comedy franchise, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd, moved from July 10 to March 5, 2021.
The superhero horror film, part of Sony’s live-action Spider-Man universe and starring Jared Leto as a scientist-turned-vampire, had its release pushed from July 31 to March 19, 2021.
‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’
Based on the Beatrix Potter stories and starring James Corden as the title bunny, the live-action/CGI hybrid sequel switched dates from Aug. 7 to Jan. 15. 2021.
Warner Bros. summer slate
The studio is delaying indefinitely three movies on its summer calendar: the animated Scooby-Doo reboot “Scoob!” (initially scheduled for May 15) featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Will Forte; a big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “In the Heights” (June 26); and horror guru James Wan’s latest scary-movie directorial effort, “Malignant” (Aug. 14).
Marvel/Disney’s prequel starring Scarlett Johansson, scheduled for release May 1, has been postponed to a future date, a studio source not authorized to speak on the record confirmed to USA TODAY. The superhero movie had been intended to kick off the summer movie season.
Lionsgate horror films ‘Spiral,’ ‘Antebellum’ and ‘Run’
Lionsgate studios announced the postponement of the Janelle Monáe horror film “Antebellum” (expected out April 24), the horror film “Run” (originally slated for May 8) and Chris Rock’s “Saw” film “Spiral” (expected May 15). No new release dates have been set for the films.
‘The Matrix’ production
The reboot starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss has stopped filming. The untitled film had finished filming in San Francisco, and was about to start filming in Germany when the shutdown was called, a person familiar with the situation but not able to speak publicly tells USA TODAY.
‘The Batman” production
Director Matt Reeves’ film starring Robert Pattinson as the dark hero went dark March 15. ” ‘The Batman’ will hiatus filming for two weeks beginning today The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a statement from Warner Bros. representative Paul Maguire said.
‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’
Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan,” which was supposed to hit theaters March 27, has been 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.
Walt Disney Studios’ entire live-action film slate
In the works for Disney are the live-action “Little Mermaid” musical directed by Rob Marshall, 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.”
The ninth “Fast and Furious” installment release date is moving from May 2020 to April 2021, the franchise announced on Twitter. “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,” read a statement on the official @TheFastSaga account.
‘No Time To Die’
Universal Pictures’ live-action slate
Universal announced on March 13 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 – would go on hiatus.
‘Mission: Impossible VII’
Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible VII” filming was halted in Venice following the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. Paramount Studio announced in February it would halt the planned three-week Venice shoot, which would have been the start of production.
‘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.
Netflix is a Joke Fest
The Los Angeles festival, which was supposed offer several live shows and events featuring the biggest names in comedy from April 27 to May 3, has been postponed. Netflix has not announced when the festival will take place. “We will work to reschedule it when we can,” Netflix said in a company statement to USA TODAY. “In the meantime, please everyone take care, hold onto your tickets and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”
Sandler announced on March 11 that he’s postponing the March dates for his upcoming Adam Sandler 100% Fresher Tour 2020. Sandler tweeted advice to fans 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 to “another time when we can relax and enjoy it a lot more.”A week later, Seinfeld postponed two April shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to “keep everyone as safe as we can.”
The “Daily Show” host announced on March 13 he would be postponing his comedy tour dates for the next month. “All postponed dates will be rescheduled and new show info will be posted to my website as soon as it comes in,” Noah wrote in a tweet.
The Korean pop group was scheduled to kick off its BTS Map of the Soul Tour on April 11 in Seoul, South Korea, one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus. Now, all April dates in Seoul have been canceled.
The Korean pop group was expected to kick off the North American leg of their tour on April 25. The announcement, issued by Big Hit Entertainment, said the shows would be scheduled to later dates, which have not yet been set.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that performing has always been my favorite part of working in music,” Styles tweeted. “However, during times like these, the safety and protection of touring crew, fans, and everyone else around the world is an immediate priority.”
He also urged his followers to self-isolate “for the safety of yourself and others.”
“We can’t start rehearsals without putting people at risk and with so much up in the air with no real and definitive end in sight, I feel this is the responsible thing to do,” Cabello wrote. Her tour was originally scheduled to start in May.
The New York Philharmonic canceled the rest of its season and a 10-concert European tour, estimating it will have $10 million in operating losses to its $87 million annual budget because of the pandemic.
The Philharmonic said the salaries of 106 unionized orchestra players will be cut to minimum scale for April and 75% of minimum scale through May. Health benefits will be continued through the current contract’s expiration on Sept. 20.
The singer announced the postponement of her upcoming album, “Alicia,” and her More Myself Tour. Keys tweeted, “Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority! Thank u for ur deep love, I’ll let u know about new dates soon.”
The nation’s largest performing-arts institution announced on March 19 it is canceling the rest of its season and stopping the pay of the orchestra, chorus and other unionized employees at the end of March due to the pandemic, according to the Associated Press.
Performances had already been canceled through March 31, but the season was to conclude on May 9. It is scheduled to resume on Sept. 21. The crisis forced cancellation of about one-third of the season and three high-definition telecasts to movie theaters around the world.
ZZ Top’s residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas, originally set for March 20-28, has been delayed.
The Rolling Stones
The band is postponing its upcoming “No Filter” tour in North America. The 15-date leg was set to start in San Diego on May 8 and end in Atlanta on July 9.
“We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority.” the Stones said in a statement.
The rock band is rescheduling five April shows on its Van Tour: Phoenix; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kansas; and Knoxville, Tennessee. Frontman Dave Grohl said in a statement, “We (expletive) love you guys. So let’s do this right and rain check (stuff) …The SECOND we are given the go ahead, we’ll come tear (expletive) up like we always do. Promise. Now go wash your hands.”
The Jonas Brothers
The brothers tweeted that they’ve canceled their Las Vegas residency in April.
The “American Idol” alum postponed the April 1 opening of her Las Vegas residency until July “out of concern and care for everyone’s safety,” she tweeted. Details about ticket replacement are soon to come, she added.
The teen has postponed nearly a dozen shows in March on the North American leg of her Where Do We Go? tour. “i’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe,” the teen tweeted. Delayed stops include Philadelphia, New York and Washington.
The rocker backed out of his appearance on Entertainment Cruise Productions’ ’80s Cruise because he’s in one of the “high risk categories” for contracting the virus as a Type 1 diabetic dependent on insulin. The cruise departed from Miami on March 8.
Dion announced on Twitter that the remaining North American dates of her Courage World Tour, March 24- 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.
Dan + Shay
The country music duo announced plans to postpone the spring leg of The (Arena) Tour, pushing back 39 shows. The first new show in Tulsa was originally scheduled for March 20 but will now take place July 30, with shows continuing through October.
The country singer has postponed her tour until July. “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 for March 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?”
My Chemical Romance
Carey tweeted that she would push back her March 10 concert in Honolulu 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 its 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 March 9. “It is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements.”
The Grammy-winning star announced March 10 that he has canceled the European 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 traveling 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 she lost her Malibu home during the 2018 California wildfires.
The rocker pressed pause on his Crazy Horse tour, citing his “older audience” as a concern. “The idea of announcing the tour and putting tickets on sale is questionable and ne to be thought through,” he wrote March 7 on his website.
Zac Brown Band
The band announced March 10 it was postponing the spring leg of The Owl Tour “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 March 7 that the event is being postponed. The grand opening will now take place in the summer and the concert will be rescheduled for later this year.
“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,” Buble said in a release.
The band’s Knotfest announced March 4 on Twitter that this year‘s festival in Japan would be postponed. The festival was originally scheduled for March 20-21. Ticket holders can wait for the rescheduled dates, which are yet to be announced, or receive a refund.
In February, Khalid postponed his upcoming Free Spirit World Tour shows in several Asian countries. “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.
The rock band announced Feb. 28 on social media that it’s nixing 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 the 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 canceled shows in Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai through May 29. On March 5, Lavigne announced another set of cancellations in Europe.
The a cappella pop group announced March 10 on Twitter that it will postpone the European leg of a world tour set for March 16-April 8. Fans should hold onto their tickets until dates are rescheduled.
Events and awards shows
The Burning Man nonprofit said March 30 it has indefinitely postponed its main ticket sale, which was planned for April 8. The event attracts approximately 80,000 attendees and is currently slated for Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
According to a statement posted to Essence’s website, the annual New Orleans festival, which was scheduled for July, has been postponed “closer to the fall.” New dates will be confirmed soon and previously announced talent will remain in the festival‘s line-up. Tickets that have already been purchased will be valid for the rescheduled dates.
Multiple fashion events around the world have been either canceled or postponed as a result of the pandemic. On March 27, the Board of Directors of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced online that Paris Fashion Week Menswear, which was scheduled for June 23-28, and Haute Couture Week, which was scheduled for July 5-9, “cannot take place.” The statement noted that “the Federation is actively working with its members on possible alternatives.”
On the same day, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana announced online that Milan Men’s Fashion week has been postponed. Instead of taking place June 19-23, the event will coincide with Milan Women‘s Fashion Week in September.
Additionally, the Council of Fashion Designers of America canceled the New York Fashion Week: Resort 2021 schedule of presentations. In an online statement, the council noted they will not publish a schedule for this event and discouraged designers from showing their Resort Spring 2021 collections.
“The CFDA, in alignment with New York Men’s Day, Liberty Fairs and PROJECT, decided to postpone the June men’s shows and are working with the tradeshows to align on future date,” the council continued.
On March 26, the Governors Ball Music Festival announced it was canceling. Originally scheduled for June 5-7, the festival lineup included such performers as Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend and Missy Elliott. Organizers released a statement saying they were already working on the 2021 festival.
Tony Award Productions released the following statement on March 25 Wednesday:
“The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us.
The Milwaukee music festival has been rescheduled to September “in the interest of safety and in cooperation with artists,” Don Smiley, president and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival Inc, announced on Twitter March 23.
White House Correspondents Dinner
The White House Correspondents Association is postponing its dinner. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson was set to host the annual celebration of the First Amendment, scheduled for April 25.
The Daytime Emmys, a prominent television awards show, is postponing the 47th annual edition scheduled for June in Pasadena, Calif., the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences announced. The judging process will continue, with nominations announced later in the spring, and officials are exploring alternative ways to recognize the honorees.
“As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time,” NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly said in a statement.
BookExpo and BookCon
Publishing’s annual national convention, BookExpo, has been pushed back from May to July 22-26 in Manhattan. BookCon, the fan-based event that follows BookExpo, also has been postponed. “We are committed to running a show for this industry and the fans this year. What will that show look like? We are not exactly sure yet,” said events director Jenny Martin in a statement.
Cannes Film Festival will not take place this May in the South of France, festival organizers announced Thursday on Twitter. “Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned,” the tweet stated. Organizers said the event would be delayed from May 12-23 to June or July.
The New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival, originally set for April 23 through May 3, will be rescheduled for the fall, organizers said. Exact dates have not been announced. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates. Performers this year were to include Stevie Nicks, Lizzo and the Foo Fighters.
The Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, has rescheduled this year‘s event for Sept. 24-27 “out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff and our community.” Vampire Weekend, Bassnectar and the 1975 are among the musical acts booked this year.
Billboard Music Awards
The awards, set to take place April 29 in Las Vegas, will be rescheduled to air on NBC at a later date. “We look forward to celebrating the incredible artists who topped those charts over the last year,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement.
Academy of Country Music Awards
The 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards has been postponed to September, organizers announced. Previously slated for April 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the exact date, time and venue are to be determined.
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 festival was scheduled for April 15-26.
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.
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were scheduled for March 29 in Los Angeles, have been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date. Fan voting in eight categories will continue through March 23, with voting for best fan army going through March 27.
The annual song contest, set to take place this year in the Netherlands, has been canceled. Event organizers will notify ticket holders whether their tickets will be refunded or if they’ll stay valid for next year‘s event “as soon as possible,” an announcement on the Eurovision website read.
Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces 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.
The England-based arts festival, which was scheduled for June 24-28, has been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday. Major headliners were set to include Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Diana Ross and Kendrick Lamar.
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option,” a statement on the festival site read.
The annual celebration of country music will be rescheduled, organizers said. 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.
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, Martin Garrix and Galantis.
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 on March 11 because “a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community” can’t attend, said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of 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 March 25 from Philadelphia.
The Paley Center announced that its annual TV festival in Los Angeles, scheduled for March 13-21, will be postponed “out of an abundance of concern,” said spokesperson Teresa Brady. The festival 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 19 in New York. “Given our longstanding 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.
RuPaul’s DragCon LA
Organizers for RuPaul’s DragCon LA announced March 10 that the drag convention, scheduled for May, has been canceled this year due to coronavirus. The announcement on the event’s website said the convention will return in 2021. 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 has postponed its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Julie Andrews. The organization planned to give Andrews, 84, its Life Achievement Award on April 25 in Los Angeles. The event will be rescheduled for early summer.
Something in the Water
Pharrell Williams’ Virginia music festival was pushed back until April 2021 “after much consideration.” Tickets will be honored for next year‘s festival, according to a Twitter announcement. 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 and Tyler, the Creator.
Events in Nashville
In Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also closed Saturday through March 31, the museum said on its website. The “Smithsonian of country music” is one of the Nashville’s biggest tourist draws, bringing in a record 1.3 million visitors last year.
The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium have also been affected: All live events and tours at the Opry will be paused through April 4, and the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast but without a live audience, according to its website.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Gary Levin, Brian Truitt, Charles Trepany, Rasha Ali, Jennifer McClellan, Gary Dinges, Grace Hauck, Kim Willis, Kelly Lawler and Bill Keveney, USA TODAY; Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic; Dave Paulson, The Tennessean and The Associated Press.