Harris Theater to be closed through March 6

The Harris Theater said late Thursday afternoon that it will be forced to remain closed through March 6 for repairs following an electrical fire Wednesday that cost the theater its performances by the Hamburg Ballet.

The longer closure, a significant and costly blow to the non-profit arts venue, means that such scheduled events as Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater ("Queenie Pie") and the Joffrey Academy of Dance Choreographers of Color Awards all will need to be rescheduled.

Music of the Baroque, which was scheduled for the Harris in early March, also will not be able to perform at the Millennium Park venue. That group currently is exploring its options for a performance at another venue.

According to a Harris spokesman, the venue remains structurally sound, but the necessary closure relates to the need to re-secure fire-safety systems at the venue and install and test new electrical equipment. Ticketholders will be contacted by a Harris Theater representative.

UPDATE:

Performances of Chicago Opera Theater’s “Queenie Pie” have new new dates. The Chicago Opera Theater Box Office will be contacting ticketholders:

• Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, March 23, 3 p.m.

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