Broadway phases will stay darkish at the very least through Labor Day weekend.
The extra three-month closure introduced by the Broadway League on Tuesday is the longest extension but for Broadway’s 41 homes in response to the coronavirus.
Broadway was initially closed on March 12, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of greater than 500 folks, with plans to open a month later. That date was pushed till June 7 in early April, though many have suspected since March that the closure would final till the summer time. Now the present gained’t go on once more till Tuesday, Sept. 8, on the earliest. However there’s no telling if the date shall be pushed once more.
“Whereas all Broadway exhibits would like to resume performances as quickly as attainable, we have to make sure the well being and well-being of everybody who involves the theater — behind the scenes and in entrance of it — earlier than exhibits can return,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin mentioned Tuesday in a press release.
The brand new extension to New York’s theaters’ closures follows an announcement by the Society of London Theatre final week that the UK metropolis’s leisure venues would stay shuttered through June 28.
Though some press reviews have advised that Cuomo snubbed Broadway by leaving the business out of his New York Ahead Re-Opening Advisory Board, the Broadway League president just lately revealed that the business is working carefully with the state on restart.
Not all Broadway exhibits have been capable of pause till it’s secure to reopen — Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” have each introduced they won’t come again with Broadway, the Hollywood Reporter writes. Some exhibits have introduced they are going to wait till subsequent season, even when others resume in September.
Whereas they anticipate theaters to soundly reopen this summer time, followers will at the very least have the “Hamilton” film, starring the present’s authentic forged, which is now set to stream on Disney+ beginning July 3. The movie model of the hit musical wasn’t set to return out till fall 2021, however the launch date was moved up greater than a yr in response to the pandemic.
“As we speak the Broadway League took a tough however obligatory motion to place the security of everybody from the viewers to the actors and stage managers first,” Mary McColl, govt director of Actors’ Fairness Affiliation, mentioned Tuesday in a press release. “Earlier than our members can safely return to work, we’ll want new protocols that shield audiences and staff alike.”
The destiny of this yr’s Tony Awards stays unclear. Already postponed till June 7, some insiders say the awards present could also be scrapped solely.