Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Shutdown

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ prepares for West End and Broadway return

"The Phantom of the Opera" is eyeing a return to both Broadway and the West End. Producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote in the Evening Standard last...

Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters not allowed to reopen under Phase 4

Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will not be allowed to open as New York City enters Phase 4 of reopening on July 20.  While theaters were...

Broadway looks to Congress to support its workers

The Broadway industry is relying on the passage of additional federal relief packages to sustain its workforce. With a July 31 deadline for extending the...

‘Take Me Out’ plans April 2021 Broadway opening

“Take Me Out,” starring Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more, has rescheduled its Broadway run to spring 2021. The revival of Richard Greenberg’s play,...

Broadway League announces show closures through 2020

The Broadway League announced Monday that all shows will be closed through the end of 2020. Ticket refunds will be processed through Jan. 3. As...

Broadway costume shops form coalition amid financial uncertainty

Broadway's costume shops have banded together in a fight for their survival.  A group of more than 40 small business owners, whose costuming businesses create...

Roundabout moves ‘Caroline, or Change’ to spring 2021, announces ‘Trouble in Mind’

Roundabout Theatre Company has moved its theatrical season, including "Caroline, or Change," to spring 2021.  "Birthday Candles" starring Debra Messing, has been moved to fall...

‘American Buffalo,’ ‘The Minutes’ move Broadway dates to spring 2021

"American Buffalo" and "The Minutes" have rescheduled their Broadway dates to spring 2021. The two plays, lead produced by Jeffrey Richards, were originally intended to...

‘The Music Man’ pushes Broadway opening to May

"The Music Man," starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has pushed its opening to spring 2021. The musical, produced by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and...

Broadway production of ‘Flying Over Sunset’ rescheduled to spring 2021

Lincoln Center Theater has moved its Broadway production of "Flying Over Sunset" to spring 2021. The new musical, as well as Lynn Nottage's opera "Intimate...

COVID-19 theater think tank looks at reopening strategies

A COVID-19 theater think tank has launched a website to help theaters across the country identify risks and areas of improvement related to the...

SDC and AGMA hire medical professionals to create reopening guidelines

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the American Guild of Musical Artists to hire a team of medical professionals to create...

New York’s independent theaters look for rent forgiveness

Off-Off-Broadway theaters are banding together to seek some form of rent relief as continued payments threaten their survival.  Close to 400 attendees tuned in to...

Actors’ Equity outlines safety plans for the reopening of theaters

Actors' Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.  The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, rely...

‘Frozen’ will not reopen on Broadway

The Broadway production of "Frozen" will not reopen when Broadway resumes, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Thursday. Disney Theatrical says the closure is "a result of...

Michael Jackson Broadway musical moves opening to 2021

"MJ," the Michael Jackson musical, has moved its world premiere to next March. The musical, produced by Lia Vollack Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate,...

‘Plaza Suite’ moves production to March 2021

"Plaza Suite," starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, has moved the production to next spring following the further closure of Broadway theaters. The revival...

Broadway theaters to remain closed through September

All Broadway theaters will remain closed through at least Sept. 6, the Broadway League announced Tuesday. A date to resume performances has "yet to be...

Mayor de Blasio appoints Broadway members to re-opening advisory council

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed members of the Broadway community to newly formed advisory councils on the re-opening of New York City.  Members of...

Broadway unions raise concerns on health insurance, the return of theater

A coalition of entertainment unions held a call with members of the press Wednesday to highlight the similar issues plaguing their members while theater...

Off-Broadway development moves forward as theaters plan for future

Off-Broadway theaters are continuing to develop work even as the premiere dates remain unclear.  Major nonprofit institutions including the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company...

Theatrical unions ask Congress for tax deduction in relief packages

Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA have joined with more than a dozen unions to advocate for a tax deduction for artists in upcoming relief packages.  The...

TDF launches fundraising campaign to sustain operations

The Theatre Development Fund has launched a fundraising campaign to try to support the not-for-profit while theaters are closed.  TDF's revenue stream has been cut-off...

Tony Awards postponement is a first, historians say

The postponement of the 2020 Tony Awards is a first in the 73 years of the ceremony, according to theater historians.  This year's Tony Awards...

Broadway unions were not told new closing date ahead of announcement

Theatrical unions were not informed of Broadway's extended closing date ahead of its public announcement, according to sources familiar with the matter.  Rather, union leaders...

Broadway producers plan for uncertain reopening date

Though Broadway theaters face extended closures, many producers believe their shows will return.  The Broadway League announced Wednesday that theaters would remain closed through June...

‘Beetlejuice’ will not reopen at Winter Garden Theatre, but considers other options

"Beetlejuice," which was scheduled to end its run at the Winter Garden Theatre on June 6, will not be returning to the theater due...

Broadway theaters extend closure through June 7

Broadway theaters will remain closed through June 7, the Broadway League announced Wednesday. The new date was set in accordance with guidelines from the Center...

Broadway ticket holders look for refunds while awaiting further closures

Though Broadway has not yet shifted its April 13 reopening date, many ticket holders do not expect to return to theaters in the near...

‘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...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ producer Eva Price on weathering the Broadway shutdown

"Jagged Little Pill" was gearing up for Tony Awards season when Broadway theaters were ordered to close on March 12.  Producer Eva Price expects the...

Actors’ Equity calls on federal government for health insurance subsidies

Actors' Equity is calling on the federal government to provide health insurance subsidies to members of the entertainment community who have lost coverage due...

How Broadway performers stay fit while staying home

As Broadway dancers and performers remain sidelined at home, many have been trying to maintain the required stamina and fitness required for their eventual...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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 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...

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...

‘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...