NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Many phases on Broadway have been pressured to go darkish as soon as extra because the reside theater neighborhood grapples with new backstage outbreaks of the coronavirus and its variants, and notably the extra virulent omicron.
Several shows have canceled performances or shut down by Christmas, whereas at the least three — “Jagged Little Pill,” “Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Waitress” — have introduced they have been closing for good.
“Mrs. Doubtfire” is again on Broadway with totally vaccinated and masked audiences after the brand new musical needed to shut down as a consequence of breakthrough COVID circumstances.
Producer Kevin McCollum estimates his losses at $300,000, and simply as his present was opening again up, one other one in all his productions, “Six,” needed to go darkish.
“We are resilient,” he mentioned. “We are New York, and we’ve got our tales to inform so long as everyone seems to be wholesome to inform them.”
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When it involves stage performances for youngsters, like “Winnie the Pooh,” COVID issues are heightened — which is why a speedy testing van is parked exterior for each efficiency.
“They do non invasive testing and its speedy testing which is fantastic,” performer Kirsty Moon mentioned. “So that method anyone that doesn’t have the vaccine is ready to get a take a look at.”
The Broadway League representing theatrical producers has been on the forefront of conserving audiences secure.
“I can’t think about that Broadway would shut down fully once more,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin mentioned. “I haven’t got a crystal ball, however that is my prediction.”
Here is what’s at the moment closed:
Thoughts of a Colored Man
Broadway’s “Thoughts of a Colored Man” introduced Thursday it will shut completely after opening on Oct. 1 of this yr.
“We have tried our hardest to securely navigate the present, unlucky well being disaster, however finally we are unable to proceed underneath the unlucky circumstances of Covid publicity within the metropolis and nation.”
The producers went on to say that being a part of the historic season on Broadway was an amazing privilege.
“The theatre business’s nice return is about a lot greater than the success or failure of any single manufacturing. As a neighborhood, we stay undeterred, unflinching and unstoppable. We have by no means been prouder to be theater makers than at this very second.”
“Waitress” introduced Thursday evening that as a consequence of COVID-19, it will shut, efficient instantly, two weeks earlier than its run on Broadway was scheduled to come back to an finish.
“With solely two weeks of performances remaining and as a consequence of optimistic circumstances of COVID detected within the firm and crew on the Barrymore Theatre, the choice has been made to curtail the engagement which was scheduled to run by January 9,” the present mentioned on Twitter.
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The off-Broadway present “Is There Still Sex In The City?” is closing as a result of its star, writer Candace Bushnell, has examined optimistic for COVID. It was imagined to run till February.
“Twas the Night Before…” by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil introduced Wednesday it’s canceling three days of shows for “‘Twas the Night Before…” as a consequence of breakthrough COVID circumstances. The present plans to renew manufacturing in the course of the 12 p.m. present on Dec. 26.
The Lion King
‘The Lion King’ introduced on Tuesday that every one matinee and night performances from Tuesday by Sunday, December 26 are canceled. Performances are scheduled to renew on Monday, December 27.
Hamilton, Aladdin, Harry Potter
The hit musicals “Hamilton,” “Aladdin” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” introduced Monday they have been canceling all performances by Christmas.
“Hamilton” performances are canceled for the week, by at the least December 26.
“Aladdin” is ready to renew on December 26.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is predicted to renew on Tuesday, December 28.
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All tickets shall be refunded on the level of buy.
“On behalf of everybody at ‘Hamilton,’ we apologize for the frustration and for any inconvenience this will trigger,” the manufacturing posted.
MJ the Musical, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill
“MJ the Musical,” the present about Michael Jackson that’s nonetheless in previews, is canceled till December 27.
“Hadestown” introduced late Monday that may additionally cancel all shows by December 27.
“Jagged Little Pill” introduced later Monday night it will shut its doorways for good amid the uncertainty and rise in circumstances.
Other shows and Off-Broadway
Other shows which have canceled at the least one efficiency are “Six,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Tina,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Freestyle Love Supreme” and “Doubtfire.”
“Tina” introduced that performances would resume Sunday evening.
“Come From Away” canceled its Tuesday evening efficiency as soon as everybody was seated within the theatre.
The surge can also be affecting off-Broadway productions similar to “Little Shop of Horrors” and “STOMP.”
“At the tip of the day, we’ll comply with the science, and the science will say, ‘You must shut down this efficiency,'” St. Martin mentioned. “We anticipated that as a result of they have been telling us all alongside that if extra individuals did not get their photographs, that new variants would arrive and new variants would have circumstances. And guess what? It’s referred to as omicron.”
The Broadway League launched an internet site, bwaytoday.com, the place theatergoers can get up-to-date data on performances and cancellations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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