A Garrison Keillor show scheduled for February at the Barrymore Theatre has been canceled following accusations of “inappropriate behavior” by the storyteller, writer and radio personality.
The Barrymore Theatre will refund all tickets for the previously scheduled Feb. 17 show booked by the national entertainment promotion firm Live Nation.
“We were told to pull the show down and refund all tickets,” said Barrymore general manager Steve Sperling. “We were also told that there was no real need to post an explanation.”
Keillor, known for the 40 years he spent as host of the public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” before stepping down last year, was fired Wednesday by Minnesota Public Radio.
MPR said only that it received allegations of “inappropriate behavior” against Keillor last month involving one person who worked with him during his time hosting “A Prairie Home Companion.” Keillor had continued to work for MPR on various projects.
Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back when trying to console her.
Tickets for the Barrymore show ranged from $45 to $65. Keillor was last in Madison on Sept. 2 when he brought his “Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour” to Breese Stevens Field.
In October, Madison's Overture Center cut ties with Tom Wopat, the former TV star for whom Overture's regional Tommy Awards program for youth talent was named, after the Lodi native was charged with indecently grabbing or touching actresses in Massachusetts.
Wopat's live shows scheduled at the Stoughton Opera House and Janesville Performing Arts Center were also canceled.