Several popular musical productions in Melbourne and Sydney have been forced to cancel shows due to the emergence of Covid outbreaks.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Disney’s Frozen, and a number of other musicals have axed performances this weekend after staff members tested positive for Covid-19

It comes as theatregoers were abruptly told to leave a New Year’s Eve matinee of Moulin Rouge mid-show at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on Friday.

Dropping the curtain early: Musicals including Moulin Rouge and Frozen have been forced to cancel shows due to Covid outbreaks

Dropping the curtain early: Musicals including Moulin Rouge and Frozen have been forced to cancel shows due to Covid outbreaks

Dropping the curtain early: Musicals including Moulin Rouge and Frozen have been forced to cancel shows due to Covid outbreaks

A spokesperson for the production said to The Age: ‘We made the decision to discontinue this afternoon’s performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical after a positive Covid-19 test result within the wider company was made known to us.’ 

They added: ‘We will have an update regarding future performances as soon as possible.’   

Journalist Benedict Brook had tweeted about the performance’s cancellation midway through the second half, and later told News.com.au that the audience was first told ‘there would be a break in the performance’ due to an ‘unforeseen incident’.

The show WON'T go on: Melbourne theatregoers were told to LEAVE a New Year's Eve performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Friday, midway through the second half, after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. Pictured: the cast on November 12 in Melbourne

The show WON'T go on: Melbourne theatregoers were told to LEAVE a New Year's Eve performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Friday, midway through the second half, after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. Pictured: the cast on November 12 in Melbourne

The show WON’T go on: Melbourne theatregoers were told to LEAVE a New Year’s Eve performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Friday, midway through the second half, after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. Pictured: the cast on November 12 in Melbourne

A staff member then reportedly told theatregoers five minutes later that ‘the show will not be going on’. 

Moulin Rouge subsequently canned all performances from December 31 to January 2, with affected patrons receiving full refunds from Ticketmaster.   

Disney’s Frozen also terminated all shows this weekend due to similar circumstances.  

A statement revealed: ‘Further breakthrough Covid-19 cases have been detected in the Frozen company at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.’

Cancelled: Disney's Frozen musical terminated all shows this weekend after further breakthrough Covid cases were detected

Cancelled: Disney's Frozen musical terminated all shows this weekend after further breakthrough Covid cases were detected

Cancelled: Disney’s Frozen musical terminated all shows this weekend after further breakthrough Covid cases were detected 

Full refunds have been allocated to affected theatregoers for that production via Ticketek.  

In Sydney, productions of Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill and A Chorus Line were forced to cancel programs after performers and staff also contracted Covid.

Hamilton alone was forced to shut down for more than a week due to an outbreak.

At least 90 performers have since tested positive to Covid-19 across the separate musicals.

Shutting shop: In Sydney, Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill and A Chorus Line were forced to cancel programs after performers and staff also contracted Covid. Pictured: Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton in the Sydney production of Hamilton

Shutting shop: In Sydney, Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill and A Chorus Line were forced to cancel programs after performers and staff also contracted Covid. Pictured: Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton in the Sydney production of Hamilton

Shutting shop: In Sydney, Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill and A Chorus Line were forced to cancel programs after performers and staff also contracted Covid. Pictured: Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton in the Sydney production of Hamilton

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