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COVID-19 cases close Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ day after reopening

Cast members of Broadway's 'Aladdin' attend a Times Square event in 2014
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“Aladdin” is experiencing a whole new world in operating a Broadway show during a pandemic — shuttering temporarily just a day after reopening, after some involved in the production tested positive for COVID-19.

“Through our rigorous testing protocols, breakthrough COVID-19 cases have been detected within the company of ‘Aladdin’ at the New Amsterdam Theatre,” a Wednesday message on the show’s website said.

The Broadway musical based on the 1992 Disney film canceled its performance that night, citing the “wellness and safety of our guests, cast and crew” as its “top priority.”

Refunds will be issued to ticket-holders, according to the production.

The Broadway show had no other word about future performances on Thursday morning, saying it would “continue to provide support to the affected ‘Aladdin’ company members as they recover.”

The move marked the first cancellation in New York City’s famed theater district since a handful of productions began resuming earlier this month following the longest shutdown in Broadway history, 18 months, due to COVID-19.

“Aladdin” had only been open for a day before shutting down again due to the breakthrough COVID-19 cases, when fully vaccinated individuals contract the coronavirus.

Tags Aladdin Broadway Coronavirus coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 Disney Musical theatre New York

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