Broadway will remain dark for the rest of the year

Broadway shows will not be returning to the phase until at minimum January of 2021, in accordance to The Broadway League, a nationwide trade association for the Broadway Marketplace.

“Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances around a collection of rolling dates in early 2021,” the League stated in a assertion. It extra that market leaders are currently examining with governing administration and medical officers on the logistics of how to safely restart performances, these kinds of as “screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theaters, backstage protocols and substantially far more.”

Tickets ordered for all performances through January three of upcoming yr will be refunded or exchanged.

“The Broadway encounter can be deeply particular but it is also, crucially, communal,” Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League Thomas Schumacher stated in a assertion. “The alchemy of a thousand strangers bonding into a solitary viewers fueling each performer on phase and guiding the scenes will be doable again when Broadway theatres can safely host entire properties.”

Even though Broadway has gone darkish right before these kinds of as after the nine/11 terrorist attacks or because of to strikes, the suspension of shows because of to the Covid-19 pandemic has been the longest shutdown in its heritage, costing plenty of careers and millions of bucks.

At the time Broadway first halted shows back in March, 31 productions were being functioning, together with 8 new shows in previews, in accordance to the League. 8 further shows were being in rehearsals planning to debut in the spring.

Alex Boniello, who acted in “Spring Awakening” and “Expensive Evan Hansen,” didn’t feel much too optimistic that this would be the past extension of the shutdown.

“It will be for a longer time than this,” Boniello tweeted. “Once again, the impact of this is greatly much achieving. Actors, musicians, directors, phase managers, crew, ushers, eating places in the spot, motels in the spot, and many others. All will keep on to be financially devastated by this. You should put on a mask.”

Still, for theater-fans who are missing musicals, they’re going to at minimum be able to get a style of the lights, audio and motion when the filmed variation of the acclaimed musical “Hamilton” starts streaming on Disney+ this Friday.

CNN’s Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.