The decision to close the tour was made due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government and the lack of certainty surrounding the tour’s ability to perform any of its announced dates.
The team is committed to returning to Australia in the future and the producing team is working to provide the cast and crew with employment opportunities on other Magic Mike Live productions around the world.
Magic Mike Live has been forced to suspend performances on four different occasions by government-imposed lockdowns since it debuted in Sydney to rave reviews in December of 2020.
Lockdowns forced the cancellation of opening nights in Sydney and Melbourne and government restrictions required most performance dates to be played at severely limited capacities. The most recent lockdown has been the longest yet and there is no clear roadmap for the resumption of live events.
“Everyone at Magic Mike Live is heartbroken to have to make this decision but we have been left with no choice,” said Executive Producer Vincent Marini. “The producers have provided millions of dollars in funding to support the production during the various closures to preserve the tour for our amazing Australian fans.”
“After enduring four lockdowns and millions of dollars in refunds and cancellations, we simply can’t sustain a tour that has no opportunity to perform. Our performers, crew, management team and local industry partners in Australia have constantly amazed us with their talent, dedication, and resiliency.”
“Their hard work combined with the truly heart-warming reception we received from audiences in Sydney and Melbourne, make us hopeful that we can someday return to Australia and finish what we started,” said Marini.
Magic Mike Live is currently playing to sold-out audiences in London’s West End. The Las Vegas production reopened on 27 August at its new home at Sahara Las Vegas on the Strip, while the Berlin production at Potsdamer-Platz will resume performances on 9 September.
The Magic Mike Live team is currently shooting a new unscripted series with HBO Max titled Finding Magic Mike which premieres in December. All productions around the world have industry leading, COVID-19-safe performance environments and are more dedicated than ever to providing patrons with a one-of-a-kind, joyous entertainment experience.
The Australian cancellations include the remainder of the Melbourne season, plus the Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide seasons which were scheduled to open in November 2021 and mid / late 2022 respectively. The producing team is simply not comfortable selling tickets to performances it will likely never be allowed to play.
Guests with tickets for the remainder of the Australian tour will receive full refunds and the Magic Mike Live team ask them to please watch their emails (including junk/spam) for updates from Ticketmaster. For more information, visit: www.magicmikelive.com.au for details.
Image: Magic Mike Live – photo by Peter Brew-Bevan