- Broadway extends shutdown to June as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.
Broadway will stay dark a little bit longer. The shutdown will now extend to June 7th, instead of its initial return date of April 13th. New York City has been hit the hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin. “Broadway will always be at the very heart of the Big Apple, and we join with artists, theatre professionals, and fans in looking forward to the time when we can once again experience live theatre together.”
Those who have tickets for affected performances will be contacted regarding exchanges and refunds in the following days. Contact point of purchase for more details.
The longer shutdown sets a cloud of uncertainty for some shows. “Beetlejuice” was set to close on June 6th but this new extension means they won’t be having a proper closing show. Shows like the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen” have announced they would not return once the shutdown concluded. The Tony Awards were also canceled this year but the closures will bring issues of eligibility.
The closures were mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 12 when he banned gatherings of 500 people or more. It is unclear when restrictions will be lifted since New York City is heavily affected.