St. Martin said that rising levels of coronavirus cases in parts of the country have strengthened the industry of caution. “Frustration goes by the wayside when it comes to risking life or health,” she said.
Broadway shows went black on March 12, and already was the longest stop in history. At the time, there were 31 watches running, including the eight still in trailers; another eight were during rehearsals before the start of the survey.
So far three shows, the Disney musical “Frozen”, which opened in 2018, a new Martin McDonagh game called “Hangmen,” and a cover of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” which have been in previews, announced that they will not resume performances of Broadway reopens.
Several producers have indicated that they are looking for several months into the New Year for a cover of Broadway shows. The first date chosen so far is “The Minutes in,” a new play by Tracy Letts, who hopes to open on March 15. A cover of “American Buffalo,” a play by David Mamet, targets April 14; “MJ Musical” a new show about Michael Jackson, says it will open on April 15, and “The Music Man”, “a revival starring Hugh Jackman, plans to open on May 20.
Several other shows have said they plan to open next spring, but have not announced when exactly, including a cover of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as Lincoln Center Theater of the new musical, “flying over the Sunset” and the Roundabout of this Theater Company of covers of musicals “1776” and “Caroline, or Change.”