Broadway Theatre’s will remain closed for the remainder of 2020, with shows expected to begin performances on a rolling basis from January 2021.
The Broadway League, the trade group representing theatre owners and producers, have confirmed that performances will be suspended for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, and has extended its refund and exchange period until 3 January 2021.
It is expected productions will not return on 3 January, but rather resume performances on a rolling basis throughout the winter and spring of 2021. It is not known which shows will return first or the list of shows that will return in 2021.
Broadway League president Charlotte St Martin said: “Our membership is working closely with the theatrical unions and in concert with key experts and some of the greatest minds inside and outside of the industry to explore protocols for all aspects of reopening.
She added, “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. 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.”
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 Society of London Theatre has currently cancelled performances up to 2 August 2020 and is assessing the situation on a monthly basis. The West End production of The Prince of Egypt is planning a return to performances in November with off-West End show Sleepless, A Musical Romance working towards an opening date of late August, provided Government permissions.