There will be no live shows until 2021.
Forty-one Broadway theaters have been shut down and will continue to remain closed at least until January 3, the industry’s leading trade group announced Monday. The closure began in March 12 and has been extended as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and hit New York hard.
Actor’s Equity revealed that nearly 50,000 professional actors and stage managers are being advised to not return to the stage until health and safety guidelines are met.
With everything being pushed back, a few new productions for April and May of next year have been revealed in the meantime. There will reportedly be a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and “The Music Man,” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
Though exciting news this is, few details about safety precautions for future events have been made public. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, is working with theatrical unions and experts on protocols that will help with the reopening effort.
“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal, but it is also, crucially, communal,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions and chairman of the Broadway League. Shows usually draw huge crowds and productions feature hundreds of cast and crew.