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  • FILE: Foellinger Theatre volunteer Liz Merkler, left, helps concert-goer Tim Griffin.

Thursday, August 09, 2018 1:00 am

3rd show canceled at Foellinger

Loss of 'Happy Together' follows Beach Boys, Leno

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette


Customers who bought tickets to the “Happy Together” show from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation via credit card will receive refunds automatically.

Cash purchasers should return tickets to the department office at 705 E. State Blvd. for refunds during regular business hours.

Tickets bought at Wooden Nickel should be returned to the point of purchase for refunds.

For additional questions, call 260-427-6000.

Foellinger Theatre ticket-holder Lisa Underwood started Wednesday with disappointing news: next week's “Happy Together” show is canceled.

“I was more than bummed,” said the Fort Wayne woman, who had front-row seats with her husband.

The Aug. 16 cancellation comes on the heels of scrapped appearances by Jay Leno and the Beach Boys.

Mitch Sheppard of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department stressed the venue didn't make the decision; promoter Pacific Coast Concerts did.

“We'll miss them,” Sheppard said of the returning act. “We wish them all the best.”

The “Happy Together Tour” features artists who came into prominence in the 1960s with signature headliners the Turtles.

Pacific Coast Concerts blamed unforeseen circumstances for the latest cancellation and logistical issues and a scheduling conflict for the others.

Sheppard wouldn't say whether she has concerns about Pacific Coast Concerts, noting it would be inappropriate for her to comment on someone's business. She advised the public to contact the promoter through Facebook for more information.

Pacific Coast Concerts did not immediately return a Facebook message from The Journal Gazette for comment.

Underwood, who has attended previous “Happy Together” shows, was curious about the number of tickets sold for the canceled shows.

“I don't know if ticket prices are too high or they're not promoting it,” she said, adding friends were turned off by the cost. The highest ticket price was about $100.

Sheppard didn't have ticket information immediately available but said financial goals are being met. The theater's capacity is 2,751.

Competition from the city's other entertainment venues, such as the recently reopened Clyde Theatre, doesn't worry Sheppard.

Randy Brown, general manager of Memorial Coliseum, hears another perspective from agents and managers.

“There's a lot of product given the size of our market,” Brown said, sharing their observations. He added there is “only so much disposable income available.”

When asked whether cancellations are unusual, Brown said, speaking generally, “things do happen.”