With a return to normal unlikely before the end of the year, Broadway has announced that all programming will be canceled through January 3, 2021. In May, the Broadway League had already announced that shows would be suspended through September, so this latest development isn’t a complete surprise.
Even when Broadway does resume its shows, it probably won’t see a full production slate right away, but a gradual lifting of the curtain on a rolling basis.
Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Tickets for early 2021 will go on sale in the coming weeks. #BroadwayWillBeBackhttps://t.co/tBhNtuaYNN pic.twitter.com/GKCXF1umqw
— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) June 29, 2020
Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement, “We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so. As so many of us in the Broadway community have been saying during this time: We’ll be back, and we have so many more stories to tell.”
Theaters will refund or exchange tickets purchased for shows through January 3, while tickets for winter and spring performances are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.
To prepare for Broadway’s reopening, multiple task forces have formed to figure out how patrons and staff can safely return to the theater. In-theater screening, testing, and sanitation protocols, and the like are being considered, but no definitive plans have been put in place.
Broadway performances shuttered on March 12, 2020.