The Show Will Not Go On, Broadway Shows Canceled Through 2020

Broadway shows will be canceled through the end of 2020, ending hopes that New York City’s theater industry could rebound from a difficult year thrown off course by the COVID Crisis.

All Broadway productions will be suspended until at least January 3, 2021, the Broadway League — an organization composed of theater owners and other influential industry figures — announced Monday. This week’s announcement marks the third time the shutdown has been extended since New York State ordered theaters closed in March at the onset of New York’s devastating coronavirus outbreak.

Productions that survive the coronavirus shutdown are “projected” to resume on a rolling basis in early 2021, according to Broadway League executives. The organization is working with city and state officials, scientists and medical experts to develop safety guidelines for Broadway’s reopening.

“We are focused on identifying and implementing necessary measures that will enable us to resume performances safely for Broadway audiences and employees,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said. “We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so.”

People who bought tickets for shows through January 3, 2021, will be contacted by ticket sellers for refunds or exchanges, Broadway League executives said. The organization encourages ticket holders to reach out to sellers if they aren’t contacted by July 13, 2020.

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