Broadway will remain dark for the rest of the year.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Broadway League announced that New York’s famous Broadway theaters will remain closed through 2020.
“Every single member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience. 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,” Thomas Schumacher, chair of the board of the Broadway League, said in a statement.
Those who purchased tickets for shows through January 3, 2021, will be able to get a refund or an exchange.
“Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021,” the league added in their statement.
Charlotte St. Martin, the league’s president, was quoted by The New York Times saying she is “cautiously optimistic” that Broadway could put in place “protocols” that would make the theatergoing experience safe for audiences.
“As long as they hold up, I do think that after the first of the year, a rolling rollout of shows reopening is possible,” St. Martin was quoted saying.
Broadway’s shutdown was first enacted on March 12, and was extended through June 7, and then through September 6.
Last week in an interview with Channel 4 News, Dame Judi Dench expressed fear that theaters will not reopen in her lifetime.
“It’s a desperate feeling,” the 85-year-old actress said about the theater community, particularly in the U.K. “Will they ever open again? I don’t know. Certainly, I’m sure, not in my lifetime.”
“If the theaters now close and become dark, I don’t know when we’re going to get them back,” she added. “I can’t see how it’s going to recover.”
Despite her concerns for the future of the performing arts, Dench made it clear, “I’m not saying that it should be more prioritized than anything else. It’s a very serious effect on all of us.”