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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