Broadway Theatre’s will continue to remain closed for a further two-months, it was announced today. Theatre’s anticipate reopening on 7 June 2020.
Broadway League, the trade group representing theatre owners and producers, made the announcement today, following discussions with theatrical unions this week.
Broadway League said:
“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 Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “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 holding tickets for performances up to and including 7 June 2020 will receive an e-mail from their point of purchase with information regarding exchanges or refunds.
In his daily Covid-19 press briefing, New York Govenor Andrew Cuomo threw doubt of Broadway’s 7 June return saying “I wouldn’t use what Broadway thinks as a barometer of anything unless they’re in the public health business and have seen better numbers and models”
Broadway Theatre’s shut down on 12 March 2020 due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic with London’s West End theatre’s following a week later. The West End is due to re-open on 1 June 2020.
Thirty-one productions closed on 12 March 2020, with some having just begun previews. In all, fifteen shows had been due to open including London transfers of Hangmen, Six, The Lehman Trilogy, Company and Caroline, Or Change.
As previously reported, Hangmen starring Dan Stevens and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett will not return.
Re-opening of theatre’s on 7 June is significant because it was the scheduled of the date of the now postponed 74th Annual Tony Awards, inferring the 2019-2020 season concluded on 12 March 2020.
Like London’s theatre scene, it is not known at this stage which productions will return to Broadway.