Broadway shutdown Because of virus extended again till May 30

FILE - Broadway posters outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York on May 13, 2020. Broadway theaters may be dark but there will be plenty of new online productions of some of classic plays this fall. “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Richards on Wednesday unveiled a seven weekly play run of livestreamed works to benefit The Actors Fund. They will stream on Broadway’s Best Shows and ticket buyers can access the events through TodayTix starting at $5. The plays include “The Best Man,” “This Is Our Youth,” Time Stands Still” and “Race” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Fans of Broadway might need to wait a bit longer for displays to restart — till at least late May.

Even though a specific date for a variety of performances to restart has not yet been determined, Broadway manufacturers are currently offering prices and exchanges for tickets bought for displays through May 30.

“We’re working tirelessly with several spouses on sustaining the sector once we lift our drapes again,” explained Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, that represents manufacturers.

“Now the Broadway League created the hard but accountable choice to set the security and health of the employees and viewers. This is a profoundly painful time for everybody who depends on the arts because of their livelihood,” explained Mary McColl, executive manager for Actors’ Equity Association.

“We’re now since, seven months to the pandemic, our state still lacks a coherent national plan for testing and masks that could help to bring the virus in check.”

Broadway theaters unexpectedly closed on March 12, knocking out all displays — including 16 which were still scheduled to start and scrambling the Tony Award program, with nominations this season set for Oct. 15. Makers, citing city and health governments, formerly extended the shutdown into June 7, then back to Sept. 6 and to Jan. 3.

Within hours of this statement, the musical based on Michael Jackson, known as”MJ,” pushed back its performances to September.

The movement by the Broadway League comes less than a month following the Metropolitan Opera stated it will bypass a whole year for the first time in its almost 140-year history and plans to go back from the pandemic layoff following September.

Back in London, producer Cameron Mackintosh has stated his firm’s West End productions of”Hamilton,” The Phantom of the Opera,” Mary Poppins” and”Les Miserables” will not reopen until 2021 because of the pandemic.

Broadway grossed $1.8 billion in final years and brought a record of 15 million people. Producers and labor unions are talking about ways theaters can innovate safely.