LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – The Kentucky Center for the Arts was forced to cancel its run of "Waitress" the musical due to fire damage, representatives announced Tuesday.
Waitress was supposed to run from June 26 through July 1. The shows will not be rescheduled, but tickets will be refunded.
"It’s regrettable that the presentation of WAITRESS must be cancelled, but safety is a priority.” said Leslie Broecker, President of PNC Broadway in Louisville. “We appreciate all of the hard work that The Kentucky Center staff and contractors have done thus far, but because the venue must have more time to ensure the safety of our patrons, the engagement must be cancelled and we will unfortunately be unable to reschedule or relocate this production.”
According to WAVE 3 News, this announcement came during a press briefing which also included updates on the conditions inside the building nearly one week after a three-alarm fire broke out in the roof.
Kentucky Secretary of Finance William Landrum said workers have been enduring extreme heat conditions inside the building, with the heat index reaching upward of 120 degrees on Monday.
Landrum said the roof and structure are both damaged, the main sources being water and smoke. He said the Bomhard Theatre, including several dressing rooms and the building’s HVAC system were also damaged.