The hotly-anticipated Summer 2022 tour of Emojiland The Musical has been cancelled, apparently starting with its 10 June run at Hartford, CT’s Bushnell Hall. As of now, all tickets for future dates including 10 June are no longer for sale.
Fans were looking forward to the offbeat musical exploring the inner lives of (singing, dancing) emojis and this news comes as a real blow to many. Especially hit are the show’s cast, many of whose auditions and subsequent acceptance videos were cheered on by social media users around the world.
Emojiland Summer 2022 Tour cancelled: What we know so far
According to a post in the subreddit r/Broadway, all summer 2022 tour dates for Emojiland The Musical have been cancelled:
So far, the show’s creators haven’t released a reason for this and further information is not available on the official Emojiland website.
Over on the Emojiland Summer 2022 tour’s social media, there’s been no update about the cancellation. The show’s last Instagram post looks like business as usual:
However, the comments section is full of disappointed users complaining they found out about the Emojiland tour being cancelled from venue sites.
“What happened to the show and why are people finding out through venue cancellations and not here?” asks one user. They are echoed by many more with the same question: what happened to the Emojiland tour?
We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.
Pour one out for the cast of Emojiland
Over on Twitter, users’ thoughts first went to the Emojiland tour cast:
All throughout the audition process, hopeful actors and crew members shared their bids to join the show on social media. As a result, Twitter and TikTok started rooting for their success, commiserating their failures and, now, feeling for the tour’s cancellation.
The choice was an intentional one, coming out of a desire to “fulfil a core tenet of the show, connecting Emojiland fans and artists in a way that uplifts the musical theatre community at large,” according to the show’s co-creator, Keith Harrison Dworkin.
On 5 May, the official cast was announced and fans cheered as the tour seemed well on its way.
Touring was tough from the start
Emojiland is an “electric ensemble piece inspired by The Unicode® Standard, about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for their own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past their own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?”
According to Theatremania, the show first opened off-Broadway on 19 January 2020 and played a total of 11 previews and 59 performances before the covid-19 pandemic shut down the American theatre industry in early March 2020.
Its first run, though short, was well-received by critics, with the New York Times calling it “SHEER FUN! A tonic of a musical… electric, big-hearted and comforting.”
The Times Square Chronicles echoed the sentiment: “Everything about this show is smart, hip, funny and musically masterful… It’s a wacky, talent-filled cult hit waiting to happen!”
The national tour announced for Summer 2022 was supposed to be largely unhindered by covid-19 restrictions, given a general relaxing of rules across the US. However, it seems musical theatre fans will need to wait a bit longer to experience Emojiland firsthand.