Coronavirus NYC Update: Broadway shutdown extended until January due to COVID-19 pandemic

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NEW YORK CITY – Broadway shutdown has been extended again – until at least early January. Although an exact date for resuming performances has not yet been determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows until January 3.”The Broadway experience can be deeply personal, but it’s also, most importantly, community-based,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board for the Broadway League, which represents the producers. “The alchemy of 1,000 foreigners in one audience feeding each artist on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theaters can safely accommodate full halls,” he added. “The safety of our cast, our team, our orchestra and our audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it is safely possible. ”

Broadway theaters closed suddenly on March 12, eliminating all shows – including 16 that were yet to open – and rescheduling the Tony Awards schedule indefinitely. The producers, citing health and city authorities, previously extended the closure to June 7, then again to September 6.

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In London, producer Cameron Mackintosh has declared that his company’s West End productions of “Hamilton”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Mary Poppins” and “Les Miserables” will not reopen until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has canceled most of the shows and events announced until the end of 2020, as has the Huntington Theater Company of Boston.

Broadway grossed $ 1.8 billion last season and drew a record 15 million people. Producers and unions discuss ways to reopen theaters safely.

The latest expansion erases many shows scheduled for the fall. Many have just moved on to the next year, including a cover of “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster scheduled to start rehearsals on June 29 BUT will open now in May 2021.

The shows scheduled to open this spring have abandoned their plans, including “Hangman” and a cover of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Edward Albee A production of “The Minutes” by Tracy Letts and “American Buffalo” by David Mamet will arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2021, opening exactly one year after their original opening dates.

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