However long it’s already been it appears that Broadway will remain shut down through September, 2020.
While an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, show producers on the Great White Way are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for events from now thru September 6th. “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 theater — behind the curtain and in front of it — before shows can return,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. The move mirrors other live music events’, as their gatherings necessitate throngs of people gathered in a confined space.
Broadway originally shut down all performances effective March 12th postponing or canceling all shows, including sixteen shows that were scheduled to open and putting off the Tony Award agenda. Sadly, Disney’s Frozen will not be returning due to Corona Virus difficulties. Producers, citing health and city authorities previously extended the shutdown to June 7th and now labor unions are discussing ways for theaters to reopen safely. One possibility is the “Pod” approach that one concert will be trying out this weekend.
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