Broadway Theaters to Remain Closed Through at Least September 6

By Anna Breuer on 12 May 2020
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The cast of “Jagged Little Pill”

Broadway theaters will remain shuttered for at least four more months.

The Broadway League, the trade association representing the industry’s 41 theaters, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying that its theaters would remain closed until at least September 6, 2020.  The previously announced reopening date was June 7.

“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 said in a statement, adding that its membership “is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry.”

The theater industry is a major contributor to the local economy and is responsible for thousands of tourists who come specifically to see shows on the Great White Way.

Theaters in London’s West End temporarily closed on March 16 “until further notice,” as part of a move to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a move which followed Broadway’s by four days.

Even before the announcement was made, several theaters had opted to close.  The Old Vic was the first, bringing its run of “Endgame” starring Daniel Radcliffe to a close two weeks early.  The Arcola, Turbine Theatre and Young Vic quickly followed suit.

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