Broadway Theaters To Remain Closed Through At Least Labor Day

Erica Brosnan
May 12, 2020 - 12:57 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Broadway League on Tuesday confirmed theaters would remain closed through Labor Day. 

On March 12, all Broadway theaters were closed through April 12 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The shutdown was later extended through June 7.

However, as stay-at-home orders continue to be extended in the Tri-State, the Broadway League has decided against an immediate reopening. 

"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," said  Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin. "The Broadway League’s membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry."

At the time of the original shutdown, 31 productions were running, including eight new shows in previews. Additionally, eight productions were in rehearsals preparing to open in the spring.

Anyone with tickets for a Broadway performance scheduled before Sept. 6 will receive an email from their point of purchase with information regarding a refund or exchange. 

If theatergoers do not receive an email by May 18, they are advised to reach out to their ticket source directly. 

It is unclear when Broadway shows will resume normal operations.

The Broadway League announced it will continue to work with city and state officials to determine an appropriate date for performances to resume and will provide updates to the public as decisions are made.

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