Broadway Is Going Dark Over Coronavirus Concerns
The Broadway League held an emergency meeting today, and per Broadway World, all Broadway performances will be canceled over coronavirus concerns. This is effective beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Current plans are for performances to resume on April 13, 2020, per a press release from The Broadway League.
In a statement, Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, explains their stance. “Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals.” She adds, “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.”
As Broadway World mentions, this shutdown will largely affect New York tourism. “The economic impact of a Broadway shut down is forecasted to be astronomical, with the industry possibly losing well over $100 million due to the drop in tourism spending being felt in the accommodation, hospitality, and food industries, in addition to many others.”
As of now, there are roughly 216 cases of coronavirus in New York State; 62 are in New York City. Anyone who wishes to get a refund for a show can do so by reaching out to the original point of purchase. They add that credit card transactions are usually automatically refunded.