Refunds will be offered for performances through January 3, 2021.
The coronavirus has claimed many large-scale events, and Broadway performances are next in line to call "lights out."
On Monday, The Broadway League announced their plans to suspend performances through the rest of the year due to the risk the pandemic poses for in-person gatherings.
Broadway had already been closed through September 6, but now they've pulled the plug on all remaining performances through January 3, 2021. Ticketholders will be able to obtain refunds and exchanges for tickets scheduled through the former date.
The news was inevitable, given New York's stay-at-home measures to control the virus's spread. Live performances were rendered a no-go when Governor Andrew Cuomo barred gatherings of 500+ people back in March, and since then reopening dates for the institution have been pushed back from June into September. Shows have already begun postponing their stage debuts—the production of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman delayed their opening to May 2021 from the original date this October.
Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Tickets for early 2021 will go on sale in the coming weeks. #BroadwayWillBeBackhttps://t.co/tBhNtuaYNN pic.twitter.com/GKCXF1umqw— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) June 29, 2020
While an official reopening date has yet to be set, Broadway figures ensure the show will go on once it's safe to do so.
“We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so," League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a public statement. “As so many of us in the Broadway community have been saying during this time: We'll be back, and we have so many more stories to tell.”
In the meantime, New York officials are working alongside medical experts to establish criteria for safely reopening, including increased sanitation and testing. Playbill reports that shows will operate with some flexibility, as opposed to being scheduled on concrete dates, and more information will be provided soon.
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