Check the Statuses of Broadway Shows During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Broadway News   Check the Statuses of Broadway Shows During the Coronavirus Shutdown
Here are updates from shows during the extended closure of the New York theatre scene.
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45th Street Playbill Staff

On June 29, The Broadway League announced that Broadway theatres will remain dark through at least January 3, 2021, an extension from the previously slated September re-opening. As the hiatus—which officially began March 12 as mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo—continues, we're keeping an eye on how the extended closures impacts shows.

Below is a list of shutterings, postponements, cancellations, and scheduling updates.

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August 12, 2020
STATUS: Postponed
In previews when Broadway went dark, the musical about the People's Princess will now open at the Longacre Theatre May 25, 2021—after it is filmed for Netflix.

August 3, 2020
Sing Street
STATUS: Postponed
Scheduled for a March 26, 2020, opening, the Off-Broadway musical transfer announced that it is now eyeing a premiere in the 2021-2022 season.

The rest are listed in alphabetical order:

Birthday Candles
Noah Haidle’s play, starring Debra Messing and presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, was scheduled to begin previews April 2. Following an initial postponement to this fall, the production is now scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre. Exact new dates for the Vivienne Benesch-helmed production will be announced later.

Caroline, or Change
The Broadway revival of Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s musical, starring Olivier winner Sharon D. Clarke, was originally set to begin previews at Studio 54 March 13. The Roundabout Theatre Company production is currently scheduled to open in spring 2021 at a date to be announced.

Flying Over Sunset
The Lincoln Center Theater premiere was postponed on the date of its first preview, with a planned return for the fall initially announced. The new musical by director James Lapine, composer Tom Kitt, and lyricist Michael Korie, is now scheduled to open in spring 2021 at a date to be announced.

How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel's Pulitzer-winning drama has been postponed; Manhattan Theatre Club aims to present the play on Broadway as part of its 2020–2021 season. The revival was scheduled to begin March 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, reuniting original director Mark Brokaw, and stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse.

MJ, the Michael Jackson bio-musical produced by Lia Vollack and the namesake artist's estate, will now begin performances March 8, 2021, at the Neil Simon Theatre, with opening night scheduled for April 15. The production was scheduled to start previews July 6 at the venue this summer and open August 13.

The Music Man
The Scott Rudin revival of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has pushed back its opening. Originally slated to begin in the fall (previews were scheduled for September 9 ahead of an October 15 opening), the production now aims to begin April 7, 2021, at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, with opening night set for May 20. Jerry Zaks will direct, with choreography by Warren Carlyle.

Plaza Suite
The revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, was scheduled to begin March 13 at the Hudson Theatre ahead of an April 13 opening. The production will now run March 19, 2021, through July 18 at the Hudson Theatre.

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