Broadway expected to keep shows closed into early 2021: report
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Broadway is expected to keep its shows shuttered until early 2021 after being closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway News reported Monday.

Sources familiar with the matter told the outlet that Broadway would remain dark until at least Jan. 3. The Broadway League had announced last month that shows would stay closed until at least Sept. 6.

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said that there is still “no official return date” for the shows. 


“While I have been saying for some time that it is highly possible that we would not return until after the first of the year, we have no official return date yet,” she said in a statement to Broadway News. “We are in discussions with the producers and theatre owners about the best time to return understanding that in the end, it will be the Governor who tells us when we can reopen.”

“We continue to remind everyone that a date for ticket returns and exchanges is not the same as a date to resume performances,” she added. “We are constantly reviewing the calendar taking into account the information available to us at any given time.”

The League told The Hill in a statement that it hasn't made an announcement about a return date.  

Like previously announced dates, the January date will serve as a measure to process ticket refunds instead of an official opening date, Broadway News noted.

Broadway has been shut down since March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak. New York’s reopening plan permits theaters to reopen in the fourth phase. The state entered the second phase, with the reopening of outdoor dining and hair salons, on Monday.

Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center announced their fall seasons would be canceled last week, with the former scheduled to reopen Jan. 7 and the latter looking at February. Producer Cameron Mackintosh said his productions of “Les Misérables,” “Mary Poppins,” “Hamilton” and “The Phantom of the Opera” will not return to the stage until 2021, according to the news outlet.

--This report was updated on June 24 at 10:01 a.m.