Australia’s most recent lockdowns are throwing another round of cancellations to live entertainment shows
The US producers and Australian management team of Magic Mike Live have announced the decision to cancel the remainder of the Aussie tour.
In a statement to Ticker News, the organisers stated that the decision to close the tour was made due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government and the lack of certainty surrounding the tour’s ability to perform any of its announced dates.
“The team is committed to returning to Australia in the future and the producing team is working to provide the cast and crew with employment opportunities on other Magic Mike Live productions around the world. “
Magic Mike Live has been forced to suspend performances on four different occasions in Australia following government-imposed lockdowns.
Lockdowns forced the cancellation of opening nights in Sydney and Melbourne and government restrictions required most performance dates to be played at severely limited capacity.
The most recent lockdown has been the longest yet and there is no clear roadmap for the resumption of live events
“The producers have provided millions of dollars in funding to support the production during the various closures to preserve the tour for our amazing Australian fans. In every other market, we have been able to reopen the shows because of close partnerships between the producers, the management teams, and the various local and national governments. While the producers provided more funding and support to the Australian production than any other production in the world, we were forced to go it alone in Australia despite enduring four lockdowns and millions of dollars in refunds and cancellations. There is no way for us to sustain a show when we are not permitted to perform.”
The entertainment industry rebounds overseas
Magic Mike Live is currently playing to sold-out audiences in London’s West End.
The Las Vegas and Berlin productions are reopening on August 27 and September 9 respectively and the Magic Mike Live team is currently shooting a new unscripted series with HBO Max titled “Finding Magic Mike” which premieres in December.
COVID safe protocols at every event – but it isn’t enough to save the Aussie shows
All the productions around the world have industry leading, COVID-19-safe performance environments and are more dedicated than ever to providing patrons with a one-of-a-kind, joyous entertainment experience.
The Australian cancellations include the remainder of the Melbourne season, plus the Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide seasons which were scheduled to open in November 2021 and mid / late 2022 respectively. The producing team is simply not comfortable selling tickets to performances it may never be allowed to play.
Organisers have promised that guests with tickets for the remainder of the Australian tour will receive full refunds.
Apple exec fired over crude TikTok video
Apple’s vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has been fired from the company after his crude remarks in a TikTok interview went viral
Apple has fired its vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins for making crude comments in a viral TikTok video.
It all started with an interview that went horribly wrong. Creator Daniel Mac posted a video where he asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins response didn’t reference anything respectable.
“I race cars and play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends But I take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins replied.
The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times.
The video didn’t identify Blevins by name and didn’t reference his position at Apple, though Blevins does note that his job offers “a hell of a dental plan.”
But Apple moved quickly to fire Blevins, saying the comments don’t align with their values and respect of women.
Apple is known for being a family-friendly company, so it’s no surprise that they wouldn’t want an employee making crude jokes on TikTok.
This just goes to show that you should be careful what you say on social media.
Apple downgrade signals broader tech problem
Apple’s downgrade by Bank of America sparked a selloff in tech stocks, sending shares of Alphabet and Microsoft to one-year lows.
The move came as investors rotated out of growth stocks and into more defensive assets to deal with higher interest rates and get ahead of a possible recession.
Apple’s stock fell sharply after the downgrade, while shares of other major tech companies also tumbled.
The selloff in tech stocks weighed on the broader market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both falling sharply.
The market’s declines were broad-based, but the tech sector was hit particularly hard.
The Nasdaq Composite Index fell more than 3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both declined more than 2%.
The market’s sell-off was sparked by a downgrade of Apple’s stock by analysts at Bank of America.
The downgrade came as investors are increasingly worried about the outlook for the tech sector.
Shares of Apple have fallen sharply this year, and the stock is now down more than 30% from its highs.
Other major tech stocks have also been under pressure, with shares of Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon all down significantly from their highs.
The market’s sell-off on Thursday was a continuation of the recent trend of investors rotating out of growth stocks and into more defensive assets.
The rotation out of growth stocks has been driven by concerns about higher interest rates and a possible recession.
Investors have been flocking to safe-haven assets such as gold and government bonds.
The market’s sell-off on Thursday also came as oil prices fell sharply, with West Texas
Stadia gaming goes in Google cost-cutting
Google’s digital gaming service Stadia is shutting down, the latest casualty in the company’s ongoing cost-cutting efforts.
Launched in 2019, Stadia ran on phones and the Chrome browser but failed to gain traction with users. In a blog post Thursday,
Google says the company had made “the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.”
It’s is not the first time Google has shuttered a gaming project.
In 2016, the company closed down its Nexus Player game console. And in 2019, it stopped selling its Stadia controllers and canceled a planned cloud gaming service for smartphones.
With the closure of Stadia, Google becomes the latest company to abandon the cloud gaming market, after a difficult year for the industry and tech stocks.
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