The coronavirus makes the lights go out on Broadway: all shows suspended until April 13, 2020

It was just announced by The Broadway League that all Broadway performances are suspended immediately, in the midst of the busy opening season. This comes following the breaking news that an usher at two Broadway theaters (The Booth, housing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and the Brooks Atkinson, where Six is playing) has tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the statement from the organization:

“Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances immediately in support of the health and well-being of the theatre-going public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry. Performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020.

‘Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. ‘Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality.  Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.’

Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020, should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.

The Broadway League will continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community and make decisions as circumstances require, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials.

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We will provide updates on the status of Broadway performances when new information becomes available. As of now, Off-Broadway shows are continuing to play, but that could change. If you have tickets, it’s best to check with the theater before going.


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