Last year, we learned a hard lesson.

Theres no business when there’s … no business. That includes show business.

Despite uncertainties with the ongoing pandemic, event organizations have gone forward with plans for their 2020-2021 seasons in Abilene.

If the theme is back to business, even with health precautions already in place or to be considered, the sub theme is unfinished business.

Several shows postponed by the pandemic have been rescheduled.

The third time is the charm for at least two shows.

One is a long-awaited return by Canadian Brass, which was a spring and summer 2020 event before being reset for Jan. 15 with the Abilene Philharmonic.

Another is “Dog Man: The Musical, which twice was scratched by the Children’s Performing Arts Series. It’s due in town April 3.

CPAS maintains balance with pet lovers by pairing “Dog Man” with “Pete the Cat,” on Feb. 27.

While many faces remain the same, CPAS now is led by Melissa Harrell.

Abilene Community Theatre had to pull “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” last holiday season just before it was scheduled. It has been rescheduled for early December.

ACT will be doubly in the holiday mood, also offering “A Doublewide, Texas, Christmas” also that month. The theater did Doublewide, Texas” last season.

Speaking of ACT, there will be shows offered on both the Main Stage and Black Box theaters this year. Main Stage productions run six shows over two weekends; Black Box shows will be one weekend, the exception being “Christmas Carol.”

The Abilene Philharmonic, which successfully juggled its 2020-21 season, will return to the Abilene Convention Center on Dec. 4 – its first performance in the concert hall since February 2020.

The season begins again with two outdoor concerts at the Abilene Zoo, then a Bachtoberfest event on the roof of The Grace Museum.

Several concerts previously planned have been rescheduled, including the music of “Wicked” andThe Wizard of Oz” on Feb. 5 and a tribute to the Beatles on June 11.

Returning after the longest break of all is the Broadway Series.

Two shows are holdovers – “Beautiful: The Music of Carole King” and “Waitress.”

The strong lineup adds “The Buddy Holly Show,” based on the early-day rockin’ roller born in Lubbock, and “An Officer and a Gentleman: A New Musical. That’s based on the 1982 movie that starred Richard Gere and Debra Winter. It featured the song “Up Where We Belong.”

 

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By Harry