Bye-Bye Broadway— Industry Plans To Remain In Shut Down Until 2021.
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The miraculous string of Broadway productions have been put on hold ever since this year’s “lockdown” in March. Now it seems that the world will have to wait until at least 2021 to witness another one of their outstanding performances.
The Broadway League’s President, Charlotte St. Martin, admits that there is no secure date for when many of the previously awaited shows will enter the spotlight once again. The League will be working towards refunding tickets out until January 3rd, though this does not correlate with the reopening of Broadway. In addition, three of the theatre’s shows have seen their last of the stage, and are not going to resume even after Broadway’s reopening. These acts include: Disney’s magical “Frozen,” the play “Hangmen,” and Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”
St. Martin explains that this way-out stretch of precaution is due to the unexpected rise in levels of COVID-19 across the country. The Broadway League admits that though this is all very frustrating (even for them), the safety of everyone during this time is key. It appears that, according to quite a few producers involved with the industry, the first play to arrive back with the theatre will be “The Minutes.”
As lovers of art and musical enlightenment quietly await Broadway’s spectacular return, the League will continue meeting with city and state officials to find the safest, and most effective way to reopen. “The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially communal,” the Broadway League’s chairman Thomas Schumacher explains. For now, it seems all that’s left to do is wait, and imagine the magnificent, hand-working performances yet to come next year.