A person walks previous Broadway present posters on Shubert Alley in Occasions Sq. after it was introduced that Broadway reveals will cancel performances as a result of coronavirus outbreak in New York, U.S., March 12, 2020.
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Broadway will stay closed for the remainder of the 12 months.
On Monday, the Broadway League, a commerce group representing producers and theater house owners, introduced that performances in New York Metropolis might be suspended by way of the rest of 2020 as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
Folks holding tickets by way of Jan. 3, 2021 will be capable to search refunds or exchanges for these performances.
The Nice White Approach has been closed since March 12, and it is unclear when theaters will resume operations. Initially, the Broadway League had hoped reveals would be capable to resume in September.
Up to now three reveals, Disney’s “Frozen,” a brand new Martin McDonagh play known as “Hangman” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” have introduced that they won’t resume performances as soon as Broadway does reopen.
The closing of Broadway for this extended interval might be detrimental to New York Metropolis’s financial system. Within the week earlier than theaters have been shuttered as a result of Covid-19, ticket gross sales reached $26.7 million throughout musicals and performs, based on information from Broadway World.
Within the final 12 months, Broadway generated greater than $1.75 billion in ticket gross sales, 65% of which got here from vacationers. With so many vacationers, it’s estimated that throughout the 2018 to 2019 season, Broadway contributed $14.7 billion to town’s financial system.