Broadway shows to remain closed through at least June 7 due to coronavirus

by Editorial Team

The shows won’t go on … for a while longer.

Broadway plays in New York City will remain closed through at least June 7 due to coronavirus concerns, the Broadway League announced Wednesday.

The newly announced extension of the suspension comes weeks after all plays on the Great White Way were shut down on March 12 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theater industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, the Broadway League’s president, said in a statement.

“Broadway will always be at the very heart of the Big Apple, and we join with artists, theater professionals, and fans in looking forward to the time when we can once again experience live theater together.”

The shutdown was initially announced last month when Gov. Cuomo said gatherings of 500 or more people would be prohibited. That announcement targeted April 13 as the date Broadway plays could reopen.

June 7 was originally expected to be a big day in the Broadway world because the 2020 Tony Awards were scheduled to take place that day. The annual award show has since been postponed indefinitely, however, and now theater fans are left to hope June 7 will prove to be the final day of the closures.

People who bought tickets for Broadway plays through June 7 should receive emails from the point of purchase with information about exchanges or refunds, the Broadway League said.

Two Broadway productions — “Hangmen” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — have already said they won’t return after the shutdown ends. Meanwhile, several other shows have been moved to different seasons.

It’s unclear what the shutdown means for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, or if an extension is on the horizon. A number of plays had planned to open before the April 23 deadline to meet eligibility for the Tony’s.


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