Broadway formally cancels shows through rest of 2020
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Broadway formally canceled its shows in New York City through the rest of 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19, officials announced on Monday.

The Broadway League announced it will offer ticket refunds and exchanges for shows scheduled through Jan. 3, 2021, in the latest extension of its shut down that started on March 12. 

The league said it is working with city and state officials and experts to create a restart plan, which currently expects shows to resume “over a series of rolling dates in early 2021.”

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Tickets are expected to go on sale “in the coming weeks” for performances in the winter and spring of next year.

Thomas Schumacher, the chairman of the board of The Broadway League, said in a statement that the league looks “forward to returning to our stages only when it is safe to do so.”

"The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theaters can safely host full houses,” he said.

The release said the company is working out logistics for performances for both audience members and employees, including those involving screening and testing and cleaning and sanitizing theaters, as well as backstage protocols. 

“We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so,” Charlotte St. Martin, the president of The Broadway League, said in a statement.

Customers who have tickets for shows through Jan. 3 are expected to receive an email to explain refund and exchange options. Those who do not receive such an email by July 13 are instructed to connect with their point of purchase.

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Broadway News first reported last week that shows through Jan. 3 would be canceled, citing sources familiar with the matter. Last month, The Broadway League announced that performances through Sept. 6 would be canceled. 

New York state entered its second phase of reopening last week, with the reopening of outdoor dining and hair salons, and will permit theaters to reopen during its fourth phase.

New York City was struck hard by the coronavirus pandemic when the virus first reached the U.S. The city has documented 211,569 cases and confirmed 17,800 deaths, according to the New York City Department of Health