Broadway Will Remained Closed Through May 30th, 2021

It’s been announced that Broadway Shows will remain closed through May 30th, 20201. We’re looking at celeb reactions, and what theater could be doing in the meantime.

Briana Phipps

AfterBuzz TV Producer, Host & Writer
Posted On: October 12th, 2020 6:01 pm pst

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Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

The show will go on, but not as soon as we hoped.

Broadway announced on Friday October 9th that the shows will now remain closed through at least May 30th, 2020. Before this announcement Broadway was set to return on January 3rd, 20201. Refunds and exchanges will be given for already purchased tickets, but it will be up to the individual shows when they decide to return after that date. However, it is being reassured that they want to come back, but need to wait until the pandemic allows them to return.

“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

Celebrities took to their twitters to react to the news.

Lea Salonga expressed her dismay about the news.

Bernadette Peters made a plea for fans to support and donate to Bill Berloni, animal trainer for Broadway, to help take care of his animals.

Hillary Clinton urged for relief from the government for the performers and theater workers who are out of a job.

Merle Dandridge shared her love for the community and fans, promising to be back.

Hugh Jackman, whose show The Music Man with Sutton Foster has now been postponed until December 2021, lets fans know that as soon as Broadway is ready he will be there.

With this news comes the heartbreaking knowledge that many performers and workers, who have already been struggling, will now be out of a job even longer. There may be some options though to be able to get people back to work and still give fans amazing performances, without worrying about packed houses.

Another option would be to do outdoor performances.

With the success of Hamilton on Disney+, one option would be to record and stream more shows. They would tape the show without having an audience under the guidelines that Hollywood is currently using to film movies and television.

The could also do more of a concert experience as well. Broadway has already done a makeshift performance of Sunday in the Park with George. On the same day the closure extension was announced, performers, including Broadway alums Bernadette Peters and Norm Lewis congregated in time square to sing.

About The Author:

Briana Phipps is a host, producer, and scheduling coordinator for AfterBuzz TV. She is currently the host for Teen Mom News Weekly and is your go to for all things Broadway! Whether you want to discuss intense TV dramas, the latest reality scoops, or the best guilty pleasures to watch she’s got you covered!

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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