“Aladdin” on Broadway has cancelled performances from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 due to additional COVID-19 cases in the company.
The production had initially cancelled Wednesday evening’s performance due to breakthrough cases in the company, but resumed performances Thursday.
Performances are now cancelled starting Friday and are expected to resume Oct. 12.
Dr. Blythe Adamson, an epidemiologist working with Disney Theatrical Productions as well as other Broadway shows, said cases likely spread in the vaccinated company from one individual.
“Given my evaluation of this real-world data, I believe these positive cases are most likely related to an exposure from one positive case. This 12-day pause allows the Aladdin company ample time to ensure that people with breakthroughs recover, and any other potential breakthroughs are identified before the Aladdin company gathers again,” Adamson said.
“Daily PCR testing allows us the opportunity to detect a positive case before it is contagious. This allows us to isolate it before anyone else is put at risk, as we have done several times with the Aladdin company. Morning and evening swabs collected on Thursday, September 30th returned highly accurate negative molecular PCR test results for all cast, crew and musicians that affirmed a safe performance environment for our company and audience.”