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Broadw.ai sees surge in ticketing questions amid Broadway shutdown

Broadw.ai, an artificial intelligence company that services Broadway ticketing and customer service platforms, is adapting its software to better respond to ticket buyers impacted by the Broadway shutdown. Since its inception in 2018, Broadw.ai has...

Touring productions wait on the sidelines amid theater shutdowns

As theaters across the country close their doors due to COVID-19, many touring productions are stuck in limbo.  Most national and North American tours of Broadway shows are currently on pause, with cast and crew...

Drama League launches Ghost Light fundraiser for directors

The Drama League, the theatrical organization that provides resources for stage directors, announced Monday the launch of multiple relief efforts for directors affected by theater closures across the country. The initiatives will include the Ghost...

New Yorkers ordered to stay at home through April 15

On Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo extended his stay-at-home order in New York through "at least" April 15. Under the decision, the non-essential workforce, which would include theater workers, in New York must work from...

Coronavirus relief bill could help Broadway’s small businesses

The passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday contains two sections that could bring money back into the Broadway community and to its members.  In the legislation, signed into law by President Donald...

Broadway reopening date remains uncertain, League says

The Broadway League said it is working with members on all levels of the government to find relief for the industry, as Broadway's timeline for returning remains unclear.  In an email sent to staff and...

Government stimulus package includes provisions for unemployed Broadway workers

The government's $2 trillion stimulus package includes provisions that should help unemployed actors and other members of the theater community.  The bill, passed by Senate Wednesday night, extends unemployment benefits to contract workers, freelancers and...

Broadway businesses take a hit after theater shutdown

Broadway businesses are being gutted as revenue streams dry up due to the closure of the theaters.  Employers have been laying off staff members across all sectors of the industry, including advertising, ticket selling and...

Tony Awards will be postponed to a later date due to coronavirus

The 74th Annual Tony Awards, originally scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall, will be postponed and scheduled to a later date, a spokesperson for the awards show said Wednesday. That date and...

Roundabout Theatre Company postpones ‘Caroline, or Change’ and more to the fall

Roundabout Theatre Company will move its Broadway productions planned for this season to the fall of 2020. The productions include the revival of "Caroline, or Change," which was originally scheduled to open on April 7,...

Lincoln Center Theater postpones ‘Flying Over Sunset’ to the fall

Lincoln Center Theater has moved its production of the new musical "Flying Over Sunset" to the fall due to concerns over COVID-19. The Broadway musical, which featured book and direction by James Lapine and music...

Broadway producers pledge $1 million match to BC/EFA fund

More than 20 Broadway producers have teamed up to match donations up to $1 million to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS emergency fund.  The producers, who include Jordan Roth, Daryl Roth, Scott Rudin, Jeffrey Seller,...

Broadway League and theatrical unions reach deal on payment for tours

A day after reaching a payment deal for workers on Broadway, the theatrical unions and the Broadway League have reached an agreement for employees on tour. For shows with bookings through and after Sept. 20,...

Netflix to donate $1 million to the Actors Fund

Netflix will donate $1 million to the Actors Fund as part of a $100 million fund for entertainment workers. The donation, announced Friday by Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, will see the majority...

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ will not open on Broadway after shutdown

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" will not resume performances on Broadway, producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen announced early Saturday morning. The production, which starred Laurie Metcalf, Russell Tovey, Rupert Everett and Patsy...

All Broadway unions reach payment deal with Broadway League

The Broadway League has reached a deal to pay and provide health insurance to all Broadway employees during the currently scheduled suspension of Broadway shows. The agreement was reached between all Broadway unions and the...

Actors’ Equity, Broadway League reach deal over payment during shutdown

Members of Actors' Equity, which includes actors and stage managers, has reached a deal with the Broadway League over salary payment during the shutdown. The deal, communicated to select members Friday after days of negotiation...

‘Hangmen’ will not open on Broadway

Martin McDonaugh's "Hangmen" will not resume performances on Broadway, the play's producers announced Friday. "Hangmen" played 13 previews at the Golden Theatre and was scheduled to open on March 19. This is the first Broadway...

How casting directors are coping with the theater shutdown

As theaters on Broadway and elsewhere remain dark, Broadway casting directors are continuing to work in the hopes that the shows will eventually go on.  Bernie Telsey and Tara Rubin, the heads of two prominent...

Theatre Development Fund conducts layoffs amid Broadway shutdown

The Theatre Development Fund has reduced its staff size after the nonprofit organization had to cope with the closure of Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. The organization, a service organization that provides educational programs and discount...