Although infections are down in NY, even the great wards are not clear about the health protocols to follow
Glenda Jackson in Shakespeare’s classic “King Lear”, 2019
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There will be no shows on Broadway for the rest of the year, confirmed Monday the Broadway League (TBL), the trade association that regulates theatrical performances in the theatrical mecca of the world, and which also directly influences tourism.
After the historical closing on March 12, on two occasions TBL announced return dates: April 13 and September 7. But Although coronavirus infections have declined, theaters are still unclear about the health protocols to follow, in the case of rooms accustomed to selling up to 500 seats by function to survive at the box office. This, in addition to dozens of employees present on and behind the scenes.
As in previous announcements, TBL recalled that those who have purchased tickets for canceled shows will automatically receive an email detailing information about refund or exchange. Advance sales will also be activated for shows in 2021.
“Every member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the TBL board of directors, in a statement released Monday. . “The security of our cast, orchestra and audience it is our top priority and we hope to return to our stages only when it is safe to do so. ”
TBL “is working closely with theatrical unions and experts (…) inside and outside the industry to explore protocols for all aspects of the reopening. We are focused on identifying and implementing the necessary measures that will allow us to resume presentations safely for the public and Broadway employees, ”said President Charlotte St. Martin.
The unprecedented closure of March 12 responded to the ban on gather more than 500 people in one place, but in the long run it was extended to all public events.
The measure affected 31 productions that were already showing on Broadway and dozens more preparing to open in the spring.
This long pause has also generated the calendar problem, as theaters are booked well in advance and seasonally. At this point, not all suspended productions will raise the curtain again in January, nor will all actors be available.
The 41 Broadway Circuit Theaters -with rooms of at least 500 seats- added 14.8 million viewers Last season. Generate more than 100 thousand jobs and it has an estimated impact of $ 16 billion dollars in the local economy, in addition to hotels and gastronomy, , stressed Pix11.
Independent venues with fewer than 100 seats also impact the local economy with an estimated $ 1.3 billion annually, including 8,400 full-time jobs.
Meanwhile, the 74th Tony Awards gala, considered the Oscars of the theater and scheduled for June 7, was suspended this year.
Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Tickets for early 2021 will go on sale in the coming weeks. #BroadwayWillBeBackhttps://t.co/tBhNtuaYNN pic.twitter.com/GKCXF1umqw
– The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) June 29, 2020