Broadway’s shutdown due to the virus has again been extended until May 30

NEW YORK (AP) – Broadway fans will have to wait a little longer for the shows to resume, at least until the end of May.

Although a specific date has not yet been set for the resumption of various performances, Broadway producers now offer refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for the shows until May 30.

“We are working tirelessly with more partners to support the industry once the curtain is raised again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, which represents producers.

Broadway theaters closed abruptly on March 12, eliminating all shows – including 16 that were still scheduled to open – and scrambling the Tony Award schedule.. The producers, citing the health and city authorities, had previously extended the closure to 7 June, then again to 6 September and again to 3 January.

The new time frame could complicate a number of shows they had planned to open in the spring, including “MJ”, “The Music Man”, “Flying Over Sunset”, “Caroline or Change”, “Plaza Suite”, “American Buffalo “and” The Minutes “.

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing actors and stage directors, has urged lawmakers to include arts funding and loans to help those working in the live performing arts.

The Broadway League move comes less than a month after the Metropolitan Opera said it will miss an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September.

In London, producer Cameron Mackintosh said his company’s West End productions of “Hamilton”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Mary Poppins” and “Les Miserables” will not reopen until 2021 due to the pandemic. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, canceled most previously announced performances and events until late 2020, as did Boston’s Huntington Theater Company.

Broadway grossed $ 1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people. Producers and unions are discussing ways theaters can safely reopen.

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Mark Kennedy is a http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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