Broadway Theaters To Stay Closed Until At Least Sept. 6, ‘Frozen’ Musical Closes For Good
“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,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a press release.
With the ongoing suspension of Broadway performances due to COVID-19 continuing until further notice, the Broadway League is updating information regarding ticket refunds and exchanges through September 6, 2020.https://t.co/vbFWXoFb17 pic.twitter.com/XWB8pdpIKz
— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) May 12, 2020
There is no official date for Broadway to return, but theaters are giving ticket-holders refunds through September 6.
“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,” her statement continued.
Broadway performances were first suspended March 12, which disrupted performances for 31 productions, including eight shows in previews. There were also eight productions in rehearsals set to open in the spring. The Broadway League had first announced that shows would be back by April, then June, and now re-opening has been pushed back to September.
On Thursday, Disney announced that Frozen has officially closed, and will not return once theaters open back up, citing the toll the pandemic has created.
The Broadway League has tried to keep a positive outlook, sharing tweets with “#OnlyIntermission.”
“When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark…
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone.”
-Oscar Hammerstein II#OnlyIntermission pic.twitter.com/xmwCfqQC65
— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) May 15, 2020