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

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 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.