As uncertainty continues around the Covid-19 virus, Broadway has again delayed the date for shows to open and reopen.  After everything was shutdown in March, it was thought that it would be safe to open shows late in the fall; those dates quickly moved to January of 2021 as New York City was ravaged by the deadly virus that took the lives of 24,000 New York City residents. 

As a new outbreak of the virus has taken hold in the City, Broadway has again delayed the opening of productions until some time in May.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket for a production can receive a refund or an exchange for any show scheduled through May 30.

Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said, “we are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains.”

The executive director of the Actors’ Equity Association – an organization that represents 51,000 theatre actors and stage managers – also spoke on the new delays saying, “today the Broadway League made the difficult but responsible decision to put the safety and health of their workers and audience first. This is a deeply painful time for everyone who depends on the arts for their livelihood.  We are at this moment because, seven months into the pandemic, our nation still lacks a coherent national strategy for masks and testing which could help bring the virus under control.”

When Broadway shut down in March, it put a number of shows in jeopardy including 16 that had yet to open.  With the new delay, more shows are again in limbo including “The Music Man”,”MJ”, “Flying Over Sunset”, “Caroline, or Change”, “Plaza Suite”, “American Buffalo”, and “The Minutes”.

“MJ” the biographical musical about Michael Jackson was set to open this past summer, but with the new delay the show will not open until at least September.

Fans of “The Music Man” will have to wait even longer; previews are set to begin in December with the official show opening in February of 2022.

Broadway is the second organization to postpone productions; recently The Metropolitan Opera has scratched its entire season for 2020-21.  It is the first time in The Met’s 140 year history that The Met has gone dark.  Currently they plan to reopen in September.

The West End in London, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Huntington Theatre Company in Boston have all postponed productions until some time next year.