All Broadway productions in New York have been cancelled until at least June 2021.
The shut down as a result of the ongoing global health crisis was first put in place on March 12 of this year.
The shutdown was originally set to last four weeks before being extended until January 2021. The new extension will last until May 30, 2021.
Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said in a statement: “With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so.
“We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again.”
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.
Both Frozen and Beetlejuice have closed during the lockdown while upcoming productions including Flying Over Sunset, Caroline, or Change and The Music Man have been postponed.
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 able to operate but only with social distancing in place which many productions have found to be economically unviable.
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