Broadway will stay closed by June 7, a two-month extension of the present coronavirus shutdown that would appear to retroactively finish the 2019-2020 Broadway season with the March 12 shutdown.
The extension announcement was made at this time by the Broadway League, the commerce group representing theater house owners and producers, which had been in discussions with theatrical unions this week.
“Our high precedence continues to be the well being and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the 1000’s of people that work within the theatre business daily, together with actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and lots of different devoted professionals.” stated Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Broadway will at all times be on the very coronary heart of the Massive Apple, and we be part of with artists, theatre professionals, and followers in wanting ahead to the time after we can as soon as once more expertise stay theatre collectively.”
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Thirty-one productions went darkish on March 12, some having simply begun previews. In all, 15 productions had been set to open this spring, a schedule that was scuttled by the shutdown.
Sources inform Deadline that further incremental extensions are doable into the summer time.
These holding tickets for performances by June 7, 2020 will obtain an e-mail from their level of buy with data relating to exchanges or refunds. Any prospects holding tickets by June 7, 2020 that haven’t acquired an e-mail by April 12 ought to attain out to their level of buy for data relating to exchanges or refunds.
The June 7 date carries a particular which means for Broadway: That date had been marked for the now indefinitely postponed 74th Annual Tony Awards. Although the official finish of any Broadway season arrives with the Tony Awards eligibility cutoff date (initially April 23 this 12 months), the precise Tonys ceremony is the symbolic capstone to Broadway’s 12 months.
Broadway’s busy spring season was to have seen the openings of a number of the 12 months’s most anticipated productions, a few of which have already introduced postponements till subsequent season or outright cancellations. For the reason that March 12 shutdown, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and Sport of Thrones‘ Mark Addy, has been canceled, as has been director Joe Mantello’s staging of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett.
Productions that had beforehand introduced postponements till subsequent season are How I Realized To Drive, Caroline, or Change, Birthday Candles and Flying Over Sundown.
Different reveals that had been scheduled to open this spring are Six, the hit pop musical from London and Chicago in regards to the wives of Henry VIII; Tracy Letts’ The Minutes; the Jerry Zaks-directed musical adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire; director Sam Mendes’ The Lehman Trilogy; the Princess Di musical Diana; Firm, the gender-switched revival of the traditional Sondheim musical starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone; Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker; David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss; the Off Broadway switch of New York Theatre Workshop’s musical Sing Avenue; and the revival of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jesse Williams and Patrick J. Adams.
Precisely what’s going to occur to these productions – in addition to reveals that have been up and operating previous to the pandemic – is unsure. The extension, for instance, means the top of the favored Beetlejuice‘s present Broadway run, with its deliberate, if transient, return to the Winter Backyard Theater now scotched (the sleeper hit was set to vacate the venue to make approach for this fall’s The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman). Beetlejuice may feasibly discover one other venue after Broadway re-opens, however the scramble for theaters – at all times a take-no-prisoners competitors – needs to be much more chaotic than ever. (A Beetlejuice nationwide tour will launch in fall 2021).