Broadway extends shutdown with all productions closed until at least June 7

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All Broadway productions in New York have been cancelled until at least June 7.

The shut down as a result of the ongoing global health crisis was first put in place on March 12.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said in a statement: “Our top priority has been and will continue 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.

“Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality.

"Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”

The shutdown has already severely impacted numerous new and ongoing shows, with the original closure coming on the evening of SIX The Musical's opening night in New York.

Meanwhile the new extension to the blackout has seen Beetlejuice close having previously been scheduled to play its final performance on June 6.

Writing in the New York Post, theatre critic and columnist Michael Riedel speculated that many other productions are "likely to close and never return".

These could even include Broadway's longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera, which draws heavily on foreign tourism.

Here in the UK, theatres are currently closed until May 31.

PICTURE: Photo by Sudan Ouyang

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