Broadway to Remain Dark Through Summer 2020

Broadway to Remain Dark Through Summer 2020. According to the NYTimes Broadway is set to remained closed through the summer, despite hopes of re-opening in June. Some officials believe the forced closure may extend into the Fall.

New York Times shared, “Broadway will remain closed for at least another two months, industry leaders said Wednesday, as they formally acknowledged what has been widely known: that their initial target of reopening in mid-April has become impossible because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

“We’re hopeful that the restrictions will be lifted by June 7,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the president of the Broadway League. “If they’re not, we will continue to monitor government restrictions and will advise ticket holders as soon as we know what those restrictions are.”

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was asked about the expected opening, but was quick to share that unless it was coming from a public health official, he wouldn’t rely on anyones prediction. “I wouldn’t use what Broadway thinks as a barometer of anything, unless they’re in the public health business.”

He continued, “Before you go to Broadway theaters, people are going to say, ‘When can I go back to work? When can I go back to school? When are the other essential services going to open?’ Before they go to a play, there’s going to be a lot of other questions that they’re going to ask, and that’s going to be a function of numbers.”

In the meantime, Broadway Cares is presenting a special Disney Benefit Concert on April 13th to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

“Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present a free livestream of its Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadwaybenefit concert on Monday, April 13, at 7pm ET. The concert, which took place last November, is being aired to raise money for the organization’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.”

According to Theater Mania, “Frozen‘s Ryan McCartan will host the live stream from his family’s basement and will interview Disney’s Broadway veterans from their homes throughout the evening.”

Set to perform during the live stream are Broadway talents:

  • Jelani Alladin (Kristoff, Frozen; Hercules, Hercules)
  • Sierra Boggess (Ariel, The Little Mermaid)
  • Christian Borle (Bert, Mary Poppins)
  • Ashley Brown (Belle, Beauty and the Beast; Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins; Marie/Fairy Godmother, Cinderella)
  • Kerry Butler (Belle, Beauty and the Beast)
  • Lauryn Ciardullo (Jasmine, Aladdin; Ensemble, The Little Mermaid)
  • Gavin Creel (Bert, Mary Poppins)
  • Merle Dandridge (Kala, Tarzan)
  • Lindiwe Dlamini (Shenzi, The Lion King)
  • Bongi Duma (Ensemble, The Lion King)
  • Susan Egan (Belle, Beauty and the Beast)
  • Andrew Barth Feldman (Evan Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen)
  • Bradley Gibson (Simba, The Lion King)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi, The Lion King (Animated Feature))
  • Mandy Gonzalez (Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton)
  • April Holloway (Ensemble, Aladdin)
  • James Monroe Iglehart (Genie, Aladdin)
  • Adam Jacobs (Simba, The Lion King, Aladdin, Aladdin)
  • Ramona Keller (Paradice, Brooklyn)
  • Nina LaFarga (Queen Iduna, Frozen)
  • Tamika Lawrence (Dotty Moffett, Caroline, or Change)
  • Norm Lewis (King Triton, The Little Mermaid)
  • Kara Lindsay (Katherine, Newsies)
  • Tshidi Manye (Rafiki, The Lion King)
  • Sibusiso Ngema (Ensemble, The Lion King)
  • Ashley Park (Jess, Grand Horizons)
  • Adam Pascal (Edward Lewis, Pretty Woman: The Musical)
  • Krysta Rodriguez (Isle, Spring Awakening)
  • Michael James Scott (Genie, Aladdin, Swing, Tarzan)
  • Sherie Rene Scott (Ursula, The Little Mermaid)
  • Kissy Simmons (Nala, The Lion King)
  • Josh Strickland (Tarzan, Tarzan)
  • Katie Terza (Jasmine, Aladdin)
  • Marisha Wallace (Fortune Teller, Aladdin)
  • Rema Webb (Nala, Shenzi, Rafiki, Sarabi, The Lion King)
  • Alton Fitzgerald White (Mufasa, The Lion King)
  • and Syndee Winters (Nala, The Lion King)

The benefit will include a reunion for 18 Newsies from the show’s Broadway and national touring productions, and a special performance from Broadway Inspirational Voices.

You can watch the live stream benefit on the Broadway Cares YouTube account on April 13th 7pm EST by CLICKING HERE.

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Featured Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon/Reuters

Source: New York Times

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