Broadway Remains Closed Until June 7

Broadway Remains Closed Until June 7: The 2019-2020 Broadway season may end up closing early, as Broadway theaters will stay closed through June 7. Broadway theaters shut down on March 12, and there were hopes for Broadway to reopen in mid-April.

The Broadway League announced the extension of closures. The group did not say that the 2019-2020 Broadway season is closed. It could be extended through the summer, but whether that will happen is unclear.

Broadway Remains Closed Until June 7
Broadway Remains Closed Until June 7

The decision also occurred as the Drama Desk Awards ceremony was moved online. The event will be held online on May 31. The adjustment would reduce the number of potential competitors who would be nominated for these awards, which are often precursors of what may happen with the Tonys.

There are dozens of theaters that are impacted by the shutdown. There were thirty-one total productions that shut down on March 12, with a few of them holding previews at the time. Sixteen of those productions were scheduled to open in the spring.

Choosing June 7 as a target date to reopen is somewhat symbolic. The date is when the 74th Tony Awards would have taken place. The Tonys have not been rescheduled yet.

Tickets For Sale Soon

A few Broadway shows will be selling tickets for performances after June 7. These include Chicago, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls, and David Byrne’s American Utopia.

People who had tickets for shows before June 7 will be able to get an exchange or refund. Some people may be able to get tickets for a new date after Broadway opens again. The terms will vary by show and theater, so ticket holders should check their emails or other forms of communication for details.

Postponements and Cancellations

A few productions will be pushed back to next season. These include the new shows Flying Over Sunset and How I Learned To Drive.

Two major productions have been canceled. Hangmen and a new adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf have both been canceled.

What About New Work?

Some new productions that were to open in the spring are currently in limbo, and it is unclear when they will debut. Among these including the wives of Henry VIII musical Six, the Sam Mendes-directed Lehman Trilogy, the Princess Diana musical Diana, and a gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The Off Broadway hit Sing Street was also going to transfer to Broadway in the spring.

A Possible Return

The delays on Broadway have also raised the possibility that the hit Beetlejuice musical may return. The musical’s planned run already finished, but there was a plan to have a brief encore run at the Winter Garden Theater. However, the plans have been scrapped, primarily as a new adaptation of the Music Man starring Hugh Jackman will move into the theater this fall. Beetlejuice may make it to another Broadway theater, but it may be a challenge when the competition is considered. The musical will still launch a national tour in the fall of 2021.

Jothi Venkat

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