Arsht Center Announces Big Shows Won't Be Back Til Spring 2021

Big Venue Won't Do Limited Capacity Shows, Not Feasible

The Adrienne Arsht Center's CEO and President Johann Zietsman gave an update on the state of the arts of the center on Friday.

Zietsman said that on Sept. 17, Miami-Dade County lifted the emergency order which had the Arsht closed since March.

"While the Arsht Center can once again have events on our campus (and in the community); however, they are subject to health and safety restrictions, such as limited capacity, social distancing, masking etc.," Zietsman said.

He said it is not feasible for the center to present musicals with large casts or full symphony orchestras to large crowds while the need for social distancing remains.

"It is our hope to be able to host those again as soon as possible and we’re currently targeting spring 2021 for their return – all subject to county orders and the overall health of our community."

Zietsman said that until they can host events again without the need for social distancing, the Arsht Center has plans for The Interlude.

The Interlude is a series of newly imagined, socially-distanced activities that will "breathe life back into our campus and bring the live arts back into many lives."

They are taking the Arsht on the road with art-making activities, pop-up performances and more live arts around town. Events during The Interlude will take place this fall and into 2021. The center announcement said details will be announced soon. 

"Our focus continues to be on keeping our guests, artists and staff safe. Before we welcome guests back to the Arsht Center, we will have implemented a series of new safety measures. We are working directly with state, city and county health officials to guide our plans for reopening. Our health partners are helping ensure that we execute procedures that keep all guests, artists and staff as safe as possible. These measures include upgraded air filtration systems, increased sanitizing of high-touch areas, touchless ticketing, mandatory mask-wearing and more. As we get closer to identifying a re-opening date, we will share details on the new safety protocols we will implement for your safety and peace of mind."

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October 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. – A Virtual Evening with Michael Ian Black and Merrill Markoe, co-presentation with Books & Books and Miami Book Fair. For tickets and more information click here.

October 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - Heritage Project: An Online Artistic Salon Series – Our free six-part monthly panel series highlighting the influence of Black art on mainstream American culture continues on October 28 with The Afro-Latinx Music Experience. For more info on this series, click here.

October 30, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. – The Skatalites “Skalloween” Virtual Concert – Ska legends The Skatalites will be performing their only livestream concert of 2020 onstage from Sony Hall in New York City. For tickets and more information click here.

November 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. – The Center’s beloved Free Gospel Sundays Series opens its 2020-2021 season streaming live from the North Beach Bandshell. The concert will feature Pastor Marc Cooper & Friends, Hands at Work for Christ Sign Language Troupe, and Lady of Harp, with WPLG ABC anchor Calvin Hughes as MC. To RSVP and for more information click here.

December 2 at 7:30 p.m. – A Virtual Evening with Ina Garten, co-presentation with Books & Books and Miami Book Fair. For tickets and more information click here.

December 26, 2020 – December 31, 2021 – Peter London Global Dance Company‘s world premiere of Women Roses Water. Filmed at the Arsht Center and premiering virtually for a limited time. For tickets and more information click here.




Arsht@Home – A free, weekly at-home online program that celebrates the arts with free educational and entertaining content to inspire creativity while keeping the community connected and active. To sign up and for more information click here.

Heart of Art – The first online commissioning program in Miami-Dade County created to inspire new performing arts work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using video as the virtual stage, 30 Miami-based performing artists will each be awarded $1,000 to create new works of dance, music, theater, spoken word and other performing arts that capture our community’s unique voice and experience during this unprecedented crisis. Commissions to premiere weekly through October and beyond on Arsht@Home and the Arsht Center’s social media channels.


  • Siudy Flamenco BAILAORA – March 19-20, 2021
  • Ledisi: Nina & Me – April 9, 2021, a Jazz Roots series concert
  • Shen Yun - May 5-9, 2021
  • Anastasia – May 18-23, 2021, as part of the Broadway in Miami series
  • City Theatre’s Summer Shorts – June 3 – July 3, 2021
  • Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – June 16 – July 3, 2021
  • Jesus Christ Superstar – June 22-27, 2021, as part of the Broadway in Miami series
  • Loud and Live Presents: In The Heights – July 23-24, 2021
  • Hairspray – August 3-8, 2021, as part of the Broadway in Miami series
  • Hadestown – September 28-October 3, 2021, as part of the Broadway in Miami series
  • Andrea Bocelli in Concert – December 18, 2021, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center at the AmericanAirlines Arena
Peter London Dance Company


Peter London Dance Company



  • Patti LaBelle Live in Concert will now take place on November 14, 2021. For tickets and more information click here.
  • Pat Metheny Side-Eye, originally scheduled for February 19, 2021 as part of the Jazz Roots series has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time.
  • Theater Up Close Series 2020-2021 – The series will resume in 2021-2022 with programs from Zoetic Stage and City Theatre. Titles and dates will be announced at a later date.
  • Broadway in Miami Series – Wicked, previously scheduled for February 17 - March 7, 2021, and Dear Evan Hansen, previously scheduled for March 30 - Apr 4, 2021, have been postponed. New dates will be announced at a later time. Broadway in Miami 20-21 now opens in May with Anastasia. More information on the series here.
  • Knight Masterworks Classical Music Series: The series will resume in 2021-2022. Details for the season will be announced at a later date.

Photographer: Fernando F. Hevia


  • All concerts from Knight Masterworks Classical Music Series have been canceled: The Mariinsky Orchestra on February 6, 2021; The Philadelphia Orchestra on February 18, 2021; and An Evening with Itzhak Perlman on March 7, 2021.
  • The following concerts from the Jazz Roots series have been canceled: Diane Reeves: Christmas Time is Here on December 18, 2020; Luciana Souza: Storytellers on January 15, 2021; and An Evening with Chris Botti on March 12, 2021. Information here.


Ticketholder Information for postponed or canceled performances:

The Center will send an email notification to all ticketholders very soon and will offer options listed below.

  • Exchange your tickets for an Arsht Center gift certificate
  • Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value
  • Receive a refund

Current subscribers for Jazz Roots, Knight Masterworks Classical Music Series and Theater Up Close will have the option to renew into their current seats (or day if applicable) once the 2021-2022 series are announced.

Ticketholders may also contact our Box Office via email at or at 305-949-6722. Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.

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