An update on some CT venues: Some hopeful of April return from shutdowns

The only nice thing about stress, crisis and pain is when they stop, so let’s look forward to entertainment events resuming in a more normal time. We just have to make an educated guess on when that might happen, as some venues are doing, and look ahead to new performances and maybe some ticket purchases online.

Infinity Hall in Hartford and Norfolk has rescheduled a bunch of shows and fit them into what they already had planned, with an online list restarting April 15. That may be optimistic — schools in the state won’t reopen until at least April 20 and maybe the fall — but at least it’s a plan. Most venues are eyeing mid-May or later for a return to welcoming in crowds.

Infinity Hall, run by Goodworks Entertainment, is also offering a $25 bonus if you buy a gift card for $100; it has (as of March 24) rebooked 30 shows starting May 8 with Eclipse: A Tribute to Pink Floyd at the Hartford location on Front Street. Other moves include the CT Transit Authority: Chicago Tribute on May 23 in Norfolk and 10,000 Maniacs on June 3 in Norfolk.

Prescheduled concerts in late April that may or may not happen include The Rippingtons April 16, in Hartford, KT Tunstall in Norfolk April 29 and David Archuleta in Hartford and Norfolk April 29-30, respectively.

Oakdale Theatre has rescheduled its engagement of “Riverdance” from March 2020 to March 2021. Tickets for the postponed shows will apply to those performances. Comic Raymond Arrieta is postponed from March 27 to June 20, the Beach Boys from March 29 to Sept. Sept. 18. And Dillon Francis and Yung Gravy move from April 25 to Nov. 20. The Temptations and The Four Tops are listed on the schedule for May 7.

Westport Country Playhouse said the other day it is dropping two shows from its upcoming season, opening in July instead of the previously announced April kick-off. The revised 2020 lineup includes two musicals, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Next to Normal,” and a new comedy, “Tiny House.”

Playhouse Managing Director Michael Barker said, “Our season ... will be a great antidote to the isolation that so many of our patrons are currently enduring.”

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook is working on its post-pandemic slate, with a hoped-for resumption of shows May 1 (singer Martin Sexton).

College Street Music Hall has canceled shows through mid-April and has suspended ticket sales for Little Dragon April 21 and STRFKR April 28. The next show listed with ongoing ticket sales is Mike Birbiglia Live on May 30.

The Shubert Theatre in New Haven had to cancel a couple of smaller evens but it’s hopeful about its May 7-10 run of “Waitress.”

Goodspeed in East Haddam has switched its run of “South Pacific” that was slated to begin mid-April to the fall, it was announced, and canceled its planned production of “Candide,” which had been set to start on Sept. 18. The season opener will now be “Anne of Green Gables” starting July 10.

Theater officials are on record saying they need the public’s support, in ticket sales, donations and memberships. It will be dependent on how well social distancing and other measures work on the coronavirus soon, but patrons might as well envision a return to busy arts venues and think about financially supporting them.