As the Covid-19 virus continues to ravage the country and especially New York City, more cultural events are being delayed and cancelled.
On April 8 the Broadway Theatre League has extended the shuttering of the plays and musicals on Broadway.
Broadway was originally set to reopen the day after Easter Sunday, but the Great White Way will continue to stay dark until June 7.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a stay at home rule for the state early last month. The ruling also shuttered all events involving large numbers of people. Currently those orders are set to remain in place until April 29. The Governor has said that he will re-evaluate the order every two weeks.
Shortly after Broadway closed “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Hangmen” announced that the shows would not be reopening once the shutdown of Broadway was over. Last December “Beetlejuice” announced that the show would be closing in June; with the extension of the closure, the show has now ended. The national tour of “Beetlejuice” is set to open next year.
The opening dates for “Flying Over Sunset”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Caroline, or Change”, and “Birthday Candles” have all been moved to later dates.
With Broadway closed the window for the annual Tony Award nominee entry list has been put on hold until after the shows have opened once again.
After the order to close all events with large crowds, the American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera also postponed their productions. ABT and The Met have further postponed all productions through July 14.
ABT has further postponed its 2020 tour that was set for Chicago, Durham, Detroit, and Abu Dhabi. The ABT Studio Company events have also been cancelled through the end of April.
ABT’s annual Spring Gala has been postponed until October 2 to kick off the fall season.