The lights went dark on Broadway all the way back on March 12th in the early days of the pandemic, after ushers at multiple theaters had tested positive for COVID-19. Initially, it was announced productions would shut down until at least April 13th; then they pushed it back to June 7th; then they said the earliest would be September. All those tentative start dates were wishful thinking, because today, Broadway has officially announced that all performances will be cancelled through at least the rest of the year.
The Broadway League, the trade group representing theater owners and producers, made the announcement on Monday, saying theatres are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all performances through January 3rd, 2021.
“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal,” Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League, said in a statement. “The alchemy of 1000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theaters can safely host full houses. Every single member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience. 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. One thing is for sure, when we return we will be stronger and more needed than ever.”