TORONTO — The lights are going dark on "Jesus Christ Superstar" this Christmas Eve.
Mirvish Productions says it has called off all remaining performances of the travelling show at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre after backstage crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
In total, 11 performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical have been cancelled running through Jan. 2, 2022.
The company says it will be impossible to reschedule the shows since the production is booked to play Boston after its run in Toronto.
Mirvish says it was "regrettable" that the decision had to be made, especially on Christmas Eve, as it affects thousands of theatregoers and hundreds of jobs.
It says ticketholders will be contacted by email for full refunds, an exchange of tickets or a credit.
The announcement comes a day after Mirvish temporarily halted performances of "Come From Away" at the Royal Alexandra Theatre following a positive COVID-19 test among the backstage crew.
The Gander, N.L., musical is scheduled to resume on Dec. 28.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published December 24, 2021.
David Friend, The Canadian Press