Broadway will stay closed for no less than the remainder of this yr, and plenty of exhibits are signaling that they don’t count on a return to the stage till late winter or early spring.
The Broadway League stated Monday that theater house owners and producers are able to refund or trade tickets beforehand bought for exhibits via Jan. 3. However, given the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the shuttering of Broadway, the League stated it was not but able to specify a date when exhibits will reopen.
Broadway exhibits went darkish on March 12, and already this has been the longest shutdown in historical past. Up to now three exhibits, the Disney musical “Frozen,” which had opened in 2018, a brand new Martin McDonagh play referred to as “Hangmen,” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” each of which have been in previews, have introduced that they won’t resume performances when Broadway reopens.
A number of producers have indicated that they’re trying a number of months into the brand new yr for a resumption of Broadway exhibits. The earliest date chosen to date is for “The Minutes,” a brand new play by Tracy Letts, which hopes to open March 15. A revival of “American Buffalo,” a play by David Mamet, is aiming for April 14; “MJ the Musical,” a brand new present about Michael Jackson, says it’s going to open April 15, and “The Music Man,” a revival starring Hugh Jackman, plans to open Might 20.
A number of different exhibits have stated they plan to open subsequent spring, however haven’t introduced precisely when, together with a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, in addition to Lincoln Middle Theater’s new musical, “Flying Over Sundown,” and Roundabout Theater Firm’s revivals of the musicals “1776” and “Caroline, or Change.”
Roundabout final week additionally introduced that it will stage “Birthday Candles,” a brand new play by Noah Haidle that had been scheduled to open this spring, within the fall of 2021, and that within the winter of 2021-22 it will stage the first Broadway manufacturing of “Bother in Thoughts,” a 1955 play by Alice Childress. The Childress play, which is to be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, is about racism in theater, and is the primary by a black author added to the Broadway calendar since an intensified nationwide dialogue about racial injustice was prompted by the killing of George Floyd whereas in police custody in Minneapolis.