Words by Léna Fontaine
Theatres will remain close until september at least due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The news was confirmed by The Broadway League with a date to resume performances is still yet to be determined. As for the dates and performances that were supposed to take place through september 6 2020, Broadway theatres are offering refunds and exchanges.
On the shutdown, Charlotte St. Martin, Broadway League President said :
“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 theatre—behind the curtain and in front of it—before shows can return. 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.”
Broadway performances were put on hold on March 12 with an order to close through April 12. Then, this date was pushed to June 7. Back in march, 31 productions were still running on Broadway, including 8 new shows in previews. At the same time, 8 shows were in rehearsals and were set to open on Broadway this spring.
And could the Tony Awards be cancelled? For the past 73 years, the Tonys have honored the best performances and production but, with performances being closed, there could be a real chance that the ceremony will be scapped all-together after having its date postponed. The show could have awarded production like Moulin Rouge, Sing Street, SIX, Company, A Soldier’s play, The Inheritance and performances Aaron Tveit, Katrina Lenk, Elisabeth Stanley or Brenock O’Connor.