A Message to Our City Center Community

March 16, 2020 by Arlene Shuler

Dear Friends,

When I think of New York City Center and the city for which we are named, I think of a legacy of resilience. City Center was founded by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in a building marked for demolition. For over 75 years, we have survived national emergencies, natural disasters, and financial crises. Through it all, we have remained true to our founding mission—to be the theater for all New Yorkers, sharing in the cathartic power of the arts to heal, to find joy, and to take comfort together in trying times.

We are living through an unprecedented moment in our history as we, our city, and the world are responding to COVID-19. As this crisis unfolds, the safety and well-being of the entire City Center community is our first priority. With a heavy heart, we have cancelled performances and events through April 5, including an Encores! production of Love Life, a show that has not been seen in New York for more than 70 years. But please know that City Center is and always will remain a home away from home for you—our artists and our audiences. Our shining jewel of a theater will open its doors again hopefully very soon. I look forward to it, and until then I wish you and all those dear to you good health, strength, and fortitude as we weather the storm.

With warm wishes,

Arlene Shuler
President & CEO

P.S. This is of course a rapidly changing situation, which we are monitoring closely. You can read the latest on our specific cancellations, ticket policies, and actions to help stop the spread of the coronavirus here.