- Broadway has extended its shutdown through Labor Day.
The Broadway League confirmed on Tuesday that Broadway‘s shutdown will be extended again through Labor Day. It had previously been extended to end in June but as New York has become a hotbed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Broadway shows went dark on March 12 and were expected to reopen in April before the first extension. This has been the longest time theaters have gone dark. The added months will add pressure to shows who have been struggling. Beetlejuice would have ended its Broadway run on June 6 had previously announced that they wouldn’t have a proper final show. Shows including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen also announced they would not return when Broadway resumes.
“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theater — behind the curtain and in front of it — before shows can return,” said Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin in a statement Tuesday. “The Broadway League’s membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry. Throughout this challenging time, we have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo’s office and are grateful for his support and leadership as we work together to bring back this vital part of New York City’s economy — and spirit.”
The situation will continue to be monitored and follow instructions by government officials.
London’s West End extended their closures through June.