Peoria’s ABT puts programming on indefinite hold

Theater ‘looking ahead to next season’


Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, announced on March 19 that all programming is on indefinite hold.

In response to the most recent recommendation from the CDC and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office to restrict public gatherings of 10 or more, the theater had originally announced the cancellation and postponement of all current programming at ABT through March 31. This included all concerts, Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Chicago.”

The new announcement extended the theater’s closure until further notice, “until which time we are able to confidently chart a course forward toward a new horizon following the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the theater stated in a news release.

“I announced to the cast of ‘Chicago’ that the current run has been postponed indefinitely; however, I also let them know it will be the very first show to make a triumphant return to ABT’s Mainstage when we emerge renewed from this current swell of uncertainty,” ABT executive producer/CEO Kiel Klaphake stated. “If you hold tickets to ‘Chicago,’ there is no action needed. When new ‘Chicago’ run dates are announced you will be contacted by a patron services associate to reschedule. Because of reduced staffing, please do not call the box office. We will reach out to you. Thank you!”


“We are looking ahead to the next season and very excited to bring a whole new season of shows to the stage,” Mr. Klaphake stated.