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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.
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.
Theatrical Animals Fund! https://t.co/wi17XsxBZK. Because Broadways re opening is perhaps now May. Our beloved trainer of Broadway’s animals ,Bill Berloni needs help to feed and take care of his beautiful animals ,,most who are rescues! Please Go to his Go Fund me page to help
Merle Dandridge shared her love for the community and fans, promising to be back.
Dear Broadway, You are so missed…your magic, your community, your healing. This latest shutdown extension hurts. So, leave the ghost light on. We’ll be back. I love you, Broadway Family. pic.twitter.com/DGp2oapmQ3
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.
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