Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus

The Actors Fund distributes more than $10.5 million in financial assistance

The Actors Fund has distributed more than $10.5 million to members of the arts community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amount, distributed over eight...

NYC & Company forms recovery coalition with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway League

NYC & Company, the marketing organization for the city, has formed its own coalition aimed at reopening and marketing entertainment and tourism-dependent businesses. The coalition...

Mirvish theaters move subscription season to January

David Mirvish will open his Toronto theaters in January 2021, the theater producer said Monday.  Mirvish is moving the subscription season from September out of...

Actors’ Equity hires former OSHA member to establish COVID-19 safety standards

Members of Actors' Equity will not return to work in the theater until the union deems it safe to do so, Equity announced Friday. In...

Broadway producers offer new $1 million match to fundraiser

A new group of producers has stepped up to match $1 million in donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund,...

Gov. Cuomo advises others not to rely on Broadway reopening date

In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said other live entertainment venues should not use Broadway's current reopening date as guidance. "I wouldn't use...

Drama Desk Awards to move online

The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards will move online this spring. The awards show, which honors Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, will release nominations on...

‘The Book of Mormon’ national tour ends its run

"The Book of Mormon" national tour, which has been running for more than seven years, announced Tuesday that it will end its run due...

‘How I Learned to Drive’ postponed to 2020-2021 season

Manhattan Theatre Club's production of "How I learned to Drive," which was scheduled to open in April, has been postponed. The theater organization is finalizing...

Gov. Cuomo extends closure of non-essential businesses to April 29

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the closure of non-essential businesses in New York to April 29.  The new date would keep Broadway theaters closed...

Actors’ Equity extends deadline for dues payment

Actors' Equity has extended its dues deadline to July 31, 2020 in light of the economic hardships facing its members. The dues, which amount to...

Ambassador Theatre Group suspends West End performances through May

Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns 10 West End theaters and several regional theaters, has extended its previous guidance and cancelled performances until May 31. "Due...

Drama League to hold digital fundraiser in lieu of awards luncheon

The Drama League has replaced this year’s awards luncheon, originally slated for May 15, with a digital fundraiser entitled the Gratitude Awards, the organization...

PRG shifts to making personal protective gear for doctors

Production Resource Group, which typically provides rental lighting and other equipment to theatrical productions and more, will now manufacture face shields for health workers...

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...

‘Waitress’ will not reopen on West End

The London production of “Waitress” at the Adelphi Theatre will not reopen after the shutdown of theaters on the West End, the show’s producers...

Theater seamstresses, actors mobilize to make protective gear for doctors

Broadway tailors and seamstresses have been mobilizing to make masks and gowns for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These seamsters sprang into action after...

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...

Playwright Terrence McNally dies at age 81

Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally died Tuesday at the age of 81 due to complications from COVID-19. McNally, who was a lung cancer survivor...

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,...

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,...

Broadway actor Aaron Tveit tests positive for COVID-19

Aaron Tveit, who stars in the Broadway musical "Moulin Rouge!" said Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. "I've been in quarantine since Broadway...

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...

‘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,...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

Gov. Cuomo orders non-essential workers to stay at home in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he will sign an executive order Friday mandating that all non-essential businesses in New York keep 100% of their...

Jimmy Awards canceled due to coronavirus concerns

The 2020 Jimmy Awards, which was scheduled to take place June 29, have been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, the Broadway League said...

Theater workers look to social media for financial aid

As theaters on Broadway and across the country shut down due to coronavirus, freelance and full-time theater workers have been left with at least...

Congressmen sign letter urging for protection of theater workers

Close to 40 members of Congress have signed a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to include theater workers...

Show-Score shuts down site due to impact from coronavirus

Theater review platform Show-Score has temporarily shut down its website as theaters across the country go dark. The site, which featured reviews from professional critics...

Broadway unions band together to ask for city and state relief

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds, which encompasses 13 theatrical unions, has joined the call for government relief for workers across all facets...

Actors’ Equity creates new contracts for live streaming

Actors' Equity has created new contracts that allow select producers to record and then release performances online to ticket buyers. These temporary agreements are available...

The Broadway League cancels spring road conference

The Broadway League has canceled its 2020 Spring Road Conference due to concerns about coronavirus, according to an email sent to members Wednesday. The conference...

Dramatists Guild issues statement after playwrights asked to return advances

The Dramatists Guild spoke out Wednesday against theaters that have reportedly been asking playwrights to return advances now that their productions have been cancelled. The...

Actors’ Equity advises on unemployment benefits as actors await salary news

Actors' Equity is sending its members guidance on applying for unemployment benefits as actors await word on any salary they may receive during the...

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS launches $1 million campaign

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is launching a $1 million fundraising campaign aimed at helping members of the entertainment community impacted by coronavirus. The COVID-19 Emergency...

Seth Rudetsky to host virtual show to support The Actors Fund

In the wake of the Broadway shutdown, SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, will launch a live online show featuring...

Actors’ Equity urges producers to postpone auditions

Actors' Equity has asked producers to "temporarily postpone" auditions due to updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control on coronavirus. The union cites the...

The Broadway League is discussing an eight-week closure

The Broadway League says it is discussing the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control to postpone or cancel gatherings of 50 or more...

West End theaters to close due to coronavirus

West End theaters will be closed beginning Monday night, the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre announced. The theaters will be closed "until further...

League of Professional Theatre Women offers emergency loans to members

The League of Professional Theatre Women is offering its members access to its emergency loan fund as theaters across the country close due to...

CDC recommends limiting large gatherings for next 8 weeks

The Center for Disease Control issued new guidance Sunday recommending the postponement or cancellation of events of 50 or more people for the next...

Theater professionals plan live-streamed performances after theaters shut down

In the wake of the Broadway shutdown, theater professionals and actors are seeking other ways to deliver performances to fans. Some took the form of...

IATSE joins other Broadway unions in calling for government relief

IATSE, which represents stagehands and other technicians and artisans on Broadway, has joined other Broadway unions in calling for government relief for its workers. The...

Most Broadway box offices to close following shutdown

A majority of Broadway box offices at Shubert and Nederlander theaters have set closures following the shutdown of all Broadway shows through April 12. According...

Broadway producers vow that shows will play again

With the shutdown throwing a shadow of uncertainty over all of Broadway, the unprecedented hiatus has the potential to be particularly destabilizing for the...

TodayTix to offer vouchers to customers with canceled tickets

TodayTix will offer vouchers to customers whose tickets have been canceled due to the Broadway shutdown, the ticketing agency said in a statement. The vouchers...

The history of Broadway shutdowns

The March 12 shutdown of Broadway due to the coronavirus outbreak marks Broadway’s first time going dark due to public health concerns. It is not,...

‘Six’ holds reviews after Broadway opening is canceled

The team behind “Six,” which was scheduled to open Thursday, has asked critics to hold their reviews until after the Broadway shutdown has ended,...

Musicians’ union, Actors’ Equity call for government relief after Broadway shutdown

After the shutdown of Broadway theaters and bans on large groups due to COVID-19, the musicians' union and Actors' Equity have called for government...

Telecharge, Lincoln Center announce refund policies following Broadway shutdown

Telecharge will issue automatic refunds for tickets purchased to shows between March 12 and April 12. This policy follows the announcement Thursday that all Broadway...

All Broadway theaters to shut down, Cuomo orders

All Broadway theaters will close as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today. The shutdown was ordered by Cuomo, after he banned...

De Blasio to make decision on Broadway shows in next two days

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would be making a decision on whether to shut down Broadway shows or limit the capacity of theaters...

Broadway League responds to new coronavirus case

The Broadway League said Broadway shows would go on as usual after the industry reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus. An individual who worked...

Broadway usher tests positive for coronavirus, officials confirm

A man who recently worked as an usher at the Booth Theatre and at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway has tested positive for...

Rudin slashes ticket prices to $50 for all his productions

In an unprecedented move, producer Scott Rudin has cut all remaining ticket prices to $50 for all March performances of "To Kill a Mockingbird,"...

Broadway remains open amid coronavirus, League says

The Broadway League says it has not received any city or state guidance to cease Broadway shows in light of the coronavirus epidemic.  "Our general...

Disney shows take a hit at the box office in light of coronavirus

Broadway reported higher grosses and attendance than the previous week, but major brands took big hits to their box office amid fears of coronavirus.  For...

‘Hadestown’ eliminates stage door greetings due to coronavirus

The cast of "Hadestown" will not greet fans at the stage door for the next 30 days, the production said Saturday. The measure was put...

Theaters across the country prepare for coronavirus

Theaters across the country are brainstorming possible scenarios and solutions in response to the spread of novel coronavirus. In a Friday webinar, hosted by the...

Broadway theaters increase cleaning protocols in response to coronavirus

The Broadway League released an updated statement on coronavirus Friday, speaking to an increase in cleaning protocols in every Broadway theater. "We are following the...

‘Cinderella’ on the West End postponed due to ‘global circumstances’

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cinderella" has postponed its fall premiere on the West End due to "current global circumstances," the production announced Thursday.  A spokesperson for...

New York and Broadway brace for economic impact from coronavirus

New York is expected to see a drop in tourism related to coronavirus, which experts say could hurt business on Broadway.  On Wednesday, NYC &...

The Broadway League makes statement on coronavirus

The Broadway League has made a statement on coronavirus, saying that the trade association is monitoring its progress and has been in touch with...

Actors’ Equity issues statement on coronavirus

Actors’ Equity has provided its staff and union members with guidance on “maintaining business continuity,” should a large coronavirus outbreak occur, the union said...