This weekend’s San Francisco performance by Britney Spears will likely change venues from an outdoor show in front of the Castro Theatre to the Bill Graham Auditorium, on account of nasty weather ahead.
Although more details are yet to be confirmed, Supervisor Scott Wiener said “Good Morning America” producers putting on the event for the ABC program contacted city staff working on permitting for the outdoor show on Tuesday and told them to pull the plug.
The development is clearly a disappointment for fans of the pop icon, but might be welcome news for some Castro businesses worried about a loss in Sunday business due to street closures.
“There’s certainly a diversity of viewpoints about the event,” Wiener said. “Some people love it, some people hate it, but you can’t control Mother Nature.”
Wiener said he’s confident the performance will remain free to an undetermined number of fans, although those details are still being considered.
He said ABC producers indicated they might still feature Britney interacting with residents of the Castro, as previously planned for the piece expected to air on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
“It’s a great way to promote the neighborhood,” Wiener said.
The sun could still shine at noon on Sunday, but it appears ABC didn’t want to risk it, plus stage set-up times were planned for Saturday.
There is “probably a 15 percent chance of any kind of precipitation” Sunday, said NWS metereologist Larry Smith.