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Broadway extends shutdown with all productions closed until at least September 6

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All Broadway productions in New York have been cancelled until at least Spetember 6.

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

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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.”

She added: "While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theatre – behind the curtain and in front of it – before shows can return.

"The Broadway League's membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry."

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.

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 June 28.

PICTURE: Photo by Sudan Ouyang

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