Broadway to stay dark until January due to coronavirus pandemic

NEW YORK — The lights will stay out on Broadway for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 41 theaters that make up the iconic New York City area will stay closed until at least Jan. 3, The Washington Post reported. The shows started shutting down March 12 as the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread through the Big Apple.

Shows that had been scheduled to start this year have been postponed until next year, including Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, and “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

Main productions need to sell about 90% of tickets to be profitable but cannot do that under restrictions set to keep the spread of the coronavirus to a minimum, The Washington Post reported.

The shows also won’t come back at one time. Instead, The Broadway League said, “Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021,” CNN reported.

For theatergoers with tickets through Jan. 3, the tickets can be refunded or exchanged, CNN reported.

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