July 1, 2020 -- Broadway theaters are extending the shutdown of shows through the end of the calendar year and into 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though the Broadway League is not saying exactly when the shows will resume, the group said in a news release that theaters are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for performances through Jan. 3.
"The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal," Broadway League Chairman Thomas Schumacher said. "The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theatres can safely host full houses. …
“The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so.”
Broadway performances were suspended March 12 as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation. Thirty-one productions were running at that time, the Broadway League said, with eight new shows in previews and eight productions in rehearsals and preparing to open in the spring.
Producers had previously extended the shutdown to June 7 and then again to Sept. 6, according to The Associated Press.
The news release said returning productions are expected to resume performances in a series of rolling dates in early 2021. Safety measures being considered for audience members and employees includes screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, and wayfinding inside theaters.