Barely a week since it was first announced as the opening highlight of the Tanglewood 2013 season, Steve Martin and his collaborators, The Steep Canyon Rangers and guest, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, have cancelled their Boston Pops Tanglewood appearance on June 23, due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
The surprising lack of any detail or explanation will no doubt start a whirl of rumors on the internet, and haunt the music festival’s opening announcements as it will be necessary to remind ticket buyers that the Steve Martin appearance is not happening. In the past, cancellations have often occurred early on because an announcement was made before the contracts (and notorious personal riders) were signed by all parties involved.
Steve Martin has cancelled appearances in the past, ranging from international events (Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland) to smaller venues such as the Wellmont Theatre in New Jersey, and the prestigious Verizon Hall in Philadelphia. Sometimes rumor has it that ticket sales were slow, but it seems unlikely that could be the case here since tickets had not yet gone on sale.
The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, is still expected to open the 2013 Tanglewood season; confirmation of concert date and featured guest artist will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the Tanglewood season, June 23-September 1, go on public sale Sunday, January 27, 2013 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200.
Berkshire on Stage has extensive coverage of the Tanglewood 2012 season beginning with the original announcement (link) and a breakdown of the week to week highlights (link), and day by day details (link).