Austin theater, dance, opera, more have ground to regain from pandemic

Austin theater, dance, opera, more have ground to regain from pandemic

To paraphrase a song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin: “They’re still standing.” Austin’s “Big

To paraphrase a song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin: “They’re still standing.”

Austin’s “Big 5” performing arts troupes — as well as the city’s “Big 3” performing arts presenters — have survived what appears to have been the worst of the long pandemic.

These eight groups collectively grossed more than $70 million annually from tickets, grants and donations during the years leading up to the 2020-2021 season, which, despite some brave efforts, was effectively canceled, leaving a lot of income to make up.

They are not alone. To my knowledge, all of Austin’s most significant performing arts groups survived. 

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This, despite many months without in-person audiences or customary box office income.