The announcement by The Broadway League that NYC theatres will remain dark through at least January 3, 2021, is a disappointment to all of us fans of the best live theater on the planet.
Some shows have shuttered permanently, others hope to re-open in Spring or Fall 2021.
Here is a list of shut downs and postponements via Playbill and Broadway News:
Broadway Shows Shut Down Permanently
The musical version of the popular film was scheduled to play its final performance on June 6 at the Winter Garden, so it has effectively closed early during the temporary Broadway closure.
- Beetlejuice photo courtesy Playbill
Disney Theatrical Productions announced in May that its stage adaptation of “Frozen” would not reopen on Broadway once the pandemic eased. The musical was the first Broadway show to be closed down by the health crisis.
According to the New York Times, “Frozen” had been the weakest of the three Disney musicals that had been running on Broadway — the others were “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” — and the company made it clear that it does not believe audiences will return in substantial enough numbers to sustain all of those shows.
However, touring productions of Frozen and The Lion King reportedly are still planned.
The Martin McDonagh play was suspended during previews and later closed. Performances began February 28 at the Golden Theatre ahead of what was to be a March 19 opening.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Edward Albee revival, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, was to open on April 9.
It was in previews for just a few days when theaters shut down and producers announced shortly afterward it would not resume.
Broadway Shows Postponed to Spring or Fall 2021
Noah Haidle’s play, starring Debra Messing and presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, was scheduled to begin previews April 2.
It was postponed first to Fall 2020, now rescheduled to open in the fall of 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre. Exact opening date for the Vivienne Benesch-helmed production has not been announced.
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 now is scheduled to open in spring 2021 at a date to be announced soon..
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
This revival was scheduled to open March 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, reuniting original director Mark Brokaw and stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse.
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning drama has been postponed to the 2020/21 season by the Manhattan Theatre Club.
The Michael Jackson bio-musical produced by Lia Vollack and the artist’s estate is now scheduled to begin performances March 8, 2021, at the Neil Simon Theatre, with opening night scheduled for April 15.
The production had been scheduled to start previews July 6 and open August 13.
The Music Man
The Scott Rudin revival , starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has pushed back its opening to Spring 2021.
Previews had been slated to begin 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.
The revival of the popular Neil Simon comedy, starring real-life married couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, was scheduled to begin March 13 at the Hudson Theatre, and an an April 13 opening.
The production will now run March 19 through July 18, 2021 at the Hudson Theatre.
Take Me Out
The play about baseball stars Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has rescheduled its Broadway run to spring 2021.
The revival of Richard Greenberg’s play, produced by Second Stage, was originally intended to come to Broadway in the spring of 2020, but did not begin previews because of to the Broadway shutdown. It is now scheduled to begin previews on March 22, 2021 at the Hayes Theater.
Opening night is scheduled for April 22, 2021.
In addition to Williams and Ferguson, the cast includes Patrick J. Adams, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks.
Other Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows
There is no official word yet on such popular shows as
- The Book of Mormon
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Lion King
We’ll keep you posted.