Broadway Goes Dark

Broadway theaters in New York City are dark.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo restricted gatherings with more than 500 people, except schools, hospitals and mass transit. Citing the governor’s directive, the Broadway League announced that performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020. The announcement could mean that several spring debuts never recoup their investment or, in the case of limited runs, get scrapped entirely. The lost revenue could top $100 million.

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. “Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”