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“Illinoise” cancels performance due to death of backstage employee

“Illinoise” cancels performance due to death of backstage employee

Tonight’s performance of the Broadway musical Sufjan Stevens Illinois was canceled due to the death of a company member behind the scenes.

The death did not occur at the St. James Theatre, where Illinois is playing. The company member is not an artist, does not appear on stage and has not been identified.

“Due to a tragedy within Illinois community, tonight’s performance will be canceled and performances will resume tomorrow,” an Instagram post read. “We apologize for the inconvenience. All tickets for the canceled show will be refunded to the original point of purchase.

Based on Stevens’ 2005 album Illinois, the musical is directed and choreographed by Justin Peck. Last week, the production received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design and Best Orchestrations. Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury wrote the book for the musical.

After a sold-out Off Broadway run at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, Illinois made a last-minute transfer to Broadway’s St. James Theater in time for the Tony qualifier. The limited-engagement Broadway staging began performances April 24 and will continue through August 10.