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Broadway will stay darkish for the remainder of the yr

Broadway reveals is not going to be returning to the stage till a minimum of January of 2021, based on The Broadway League, a nationwide commerce affiliation for the Broadway Business.

"Returning productions are presently projected to renew performances over a sequence of rolling dates in early 2021," the League mentioned in a press release. It added that business leaders are presently reviewing with authorities and medical officers on the logistics of the right way to safely restart performances, resembling "screening and testing, cleansing and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theaters, backstage protocols and rather more."

Tickets bought for all performances via January three of subsequent yr might be refunded or exchanged.

"The Broadway expertise may be deeply private however it’s also, crucially, communal," Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League Thomas Schumacher mentioned in a press release. "The alchemy of 1000 strangers bonding right into a single viewers fueling every performer on stage and behind the scenes might be potential once more when Broadway theaters can safely host full homes."

Whereas Broadway has gone darkish earlier than resembling after the 9/11 terrorist assaults or because of strikes, the suspension of reveals as a result of Covid-19 pandemic has been the longest shutdown in its historical past, costing numerous jobs and thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

On the time Broadway first halted reveals again in March, 31 productions have been working, together with eight new reveals in previews, based on the League. Eight further reveals have been in rehearsals making ready to debut within the spring.

Alex Boniello, who acted in "Spring Awakening" and "Expensive Evan Hansen," didn't appear too optimistic that this might be the final extension of the shutdown.

"It will likely be longer than this," Boniello tweeted. "As soon as once more, the impression of that is tremendously far reaching. Actors, musicians, administrators, stage managers, crew, ushers, eating places within the space, lodges within the space, and so on. All will proceed to be financially devastated by this. Please put on a masks. "

Nonetheless, for theater-lovers who’re lacking musicals, they'll a minimum of be capable of get a style of the lights, music and motion when the filmed model of the acclaimed musical "Hamilton" begins streaming on Disney + this Friday.

CNN's Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.