All 41 theatres that make up New York’s performing heartland of Broadway will stay closed until next year.
They have been shut since March once they closed as a part of the town’s lockdown in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
Now, in what might show to be a terminal blow for some theatres, not to point out the careers of many who work within the trade, the Broadway league has mentioned the curtain will not be raised on any productions for the remainder of 2020.
Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board at The Broadway League, mentioned: “The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding right into a single viewers fuelling every performer on stage and behind the scenes shall be doable once more when Broadway theatres can safely host full homes.
“Every single member of our neighborhood is keen to get again to work sharing tales that encourage our viewers by way of the transformative energy of a shared dwell expertise.
“The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so. One thing is for sure, when we return we will be stronger and more needed than ever.”
The expertise of Broadway mirrors the equally bleak prospects of London’s West End. Earlier this month theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh mentioned most of the capital’s greatest exhibits would stay shut until next year.
And final week actor Simon Callow advised Sky News the federal government’s street map for reopening the performing arts sector “lacks urgency” given the theatre trade is on its “deathbed”.
Broadway is one among New York’s prime vacationer sights and in accordance to The Broadway League contributed $14.7 billion (£11.9bn) to the town’s economic system throughout the 2018-2019 season and supported 96,900 jobs.
Tickets bought for all performances until 3 January 2021 shall be refunded or exchanged, the league mentioned.