This March 20, 2020 file photo shows pedestrians in a sparsely populated Times Square in New York. COVID-19 has shaken theater fans and shuttered all New York City's venues, including Broadway, which grossed $1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people. How Broadway — one the city's jewels — will reopen is still not clear.
Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File
Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

Broadway to remain closed through the summer

Broadway stages will remain empty for a few more months.

The Broadway League announced on Tuesday that ticketholders will receive refunds and exchanges for performances scheduled through Sept. 6, indicating that the shutdown caused by coronavirus will extend through the summer.

The closure of New York theater began March 12, with an original edict of a monthlong shuttering; that was later extended until June 7 – which would have been the date of the 2020 Tony Awards. 

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement, “While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theatre—behind the curtain and in front of it—before shows can return. The Broadway League’s membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry. Throughout this challenging time, we have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo’s office and are grateful for his support and leadership as we work together to bring back this vital part of New York City's economy—and spirit.”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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