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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