New York’s iconic Broadway theater district will keep closed by the top of the yr, its commerce affiliation mentioned Monday, due to the unpredictability of the Corona Virus pandemic.
The Broadway League didn’t set a date for performances to resume however is providing refunds and exchanges for tickets bought for all reveals by January 3, 2021.
The affiliation mentioned plans to safely reopen New York’s most bankable vacationer sights had been being developed, together with on screening and testing showgoers, together with cleansing and sanitizing protocols.
The Broadway League projected that performances may resume in early 2021 “over a collection of rolling dates” to finish its longest shutdown in historical past.
“The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding right into a single viewers fueling every performer on stage and behind the scenes will probably be doable once more when Broadway theaters can safely host full homes,” Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board of The Broadway League, mentioned in an announcement.
“The security of our forged, crew, orchestra and viewers is our highest precedence and we glance ahead to returning to our levels solely when it is secure to accomplish that,” he added.
Along with nearly all occasions within the metropolis, Broadway’s theaters shut in mid-March, when 31 productions had been operating and eight had been in rehearsals with spring opening dates.
Broadway’s closure is a significant blow: in regular instances, these theaters could be raking in $33 million every week in ticket gross sales.
“Frozen” – a present based mostly on Disney’s blockbuster hit film – has already mentioned it will remain completely closed.
The performs “Hangmen” – which had not but opened – and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” additionally introduced their closures, although they had been each extra restricted productions than a musical.