Saturday, April 17, 2021

Shutdown

Actors’ Equity calls for Rudin’s staff to be released from any NDAs

Actors’ Equity called on producer Scott Rudin to release his employees from any nondisclosure agreements they may have signed. Equity made the statement Saturday, in...

Scott Rudin to ‘step back’ from Broadway after allegations of workplace harassment

Producer Scott Rudin told the Washington Post Saturday that he would “step back from active participation” in his Broadway productions. The statement comes after an...

Application process for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants will not restart this week

The application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants will not reopen by this weekend, a spokesperson for the Small Business Administration told Broadway...

Karen Olivo says she will not return to Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ in wake of...

Actor Karen Olivo, who is currently Tony-nominated for playing Satine in 'Moulin Rouge!', said she will not be returning to the production when it...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, de Blasio open Broadway vaccination site in Times Square

A vaccination center for Broadway workers opened Monday in Times Square. The center, located at 20 Times Square in the former home of the NFL...

At NY PopsUp, Amber Iman speaks up on Scott Rudin allegations, Broadway’s reopening

Performing at a NY PopsUp event Saturday, actor Amber Iman addressed the controversy surrounding one of the program's producers, Scott Rudin, as well as...

SBA suspends start of Shuttered Venue Grant program due to technical difficulties

Hours after applications opened Thursday, the Small Business Administration temporarily halted the start of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. The portal to apply for...

SBA opens Shuttered Venue grant program

The Small Business Administration will open applications Thursday for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which could bring up to $10 million to eligible...

Actors’ Equity releases new safety protocols for vaccinated productions

Actors' Equity released new guidelines Friday for productions that have fully vaccinated workforces.  Among the new guidelines is the requirement for a COVID-19 safety officer,...

‘Diana’ musical sets date for Broadway return, Netflix premiere

The "Diana" musical put tickets on sale Tuesday for an anticipated Broadway run starting Dec. 1. The new musical has set an opening night date...

All New Yorkers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting April 6, Cuomo says

All New Yorkers who are 16 years old and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 6, Gov. Cuomo announced...

New York City Comptroller calls for vaccination of theater workers

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has joined the calls to expand vaccine eligibility to members of the theater industry. In a letter sent...

NYC Mayor de Blasio announces vaccination site for Broadway workers, plans for fall reopening

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans Thursday to open a dedicated vaccination site for Broadway workers in preparation for a fall...

Fauci says Broadway reopening this fall still likely

Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated his prediction Tuesday that Broadway theaters could reopen this fall.  In opening remarks for a virtual panel with the National Endowment...

Actors’ Equity responds to petition on theater reopenings

Actors’ Equity has pledged to host a town hall in response to union members calling for clarity on reopening protocols.  In a Medium post published...

Lincoln Center Theater launches streaming service for past productions

Lincoln Center Theater is making past productions available for streaming in a move to develop new audiences and sustain a connection to their work. It's...

Shakespeare in the Park to return this summer

The Public's Shakespeare in the Park is planning to return to the Delacorte Theater this summer.  The planned season will begin July 5 with a...

Broadway organizers stitch together a relief proposal. They hope it holds.

A group of Broadway businesses and arts organizations have banded together to ensure the theater ecosystem makes it through the shutdown. The current aim of...

Broadway workers navigate a year without live theater

Before the shutdown, Broadway was primed for its spring season. Nik Walker had recently taken over as lead in "Ain't Too Proud" and was getting...

Producing through a Broadway shutdown and beyond

In the days leading up to March 12, 2020, investors and invitees had begun flying to New York from around the world to attend...

What it will take to reopen Broadway

One year into the Broadway shutdown, producers are beginning to see glimmers of hope for its return.  With the arrival of new vaccines and an...

Broadway theaters to open doors in April for pop-up events

Select Broadway theaters will open up again this April for a series of pop-up programs.  The theaters will open up starting April 2, 2021, following...

Broadway unions lobby New York state for COBRA subsidy renewal

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds is lobbying New York state to include healthcare provisions, including COBRA subsidies, in the upcoming budget.  With most...

Madison Square Garden reopens to fans this week

Madison Square Garden will begin welcoming fans back this week, as its sports teams play to an arena at 10% capacity.  The New York Knicks...

New Broadway League Chair Lauren Reid on the work ahead

When Lauren Reid started as chair of the Broadway League in mid-December 2020, she knew she first had to address the elephant in the...

SBA updates guidance and eligibility for Save Our Stages grants

The Small Business Administration has changed its guidance on who is eligible to apply for Save Our Stages grants.  After initially stating that only small...

Tony Awards voting to take place in March

Voting for the Tony Awards will take place starting March 1, Tony Awards organizers said Friday.  The voting period, for the shows that opened during...

Broadway League offers theaters as vaccination sites

The Broadway League is joining other live events organizations in offering theaters and staff to aid in vaccination efforts.  In a letter to President Joe...

Actors’ Equity warns delay in vaccination efforts will hurt theater industry restart

Actors' Equity spoke out against stalled vaccinations in New York Thursday, saying a delay in vaccinations would lead to a delay in restarting the...

Gov. Cuomo proposes tax credits for theatrical productions in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed new tax credits Tuesday to help restart theatrical productions in New York.  As part of the budget for the upcoming fiscal...

Broadway industry members await guidelines on Save Our Stages legislation

Members of the Broadway community are awaiting further guidance on Save Our Stages legislation after the passage of the landmark relief bill last month.  Save...

‘Mean Girls’ announces Broadway closing

"Mean Girls" will not return to Broadway when theaters reopen, the musical announced Thursday. The production had been running at the August Wilson Theatre since...

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation receives anonymous $200k for emergency relief

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation recently received an anonymous donation of $200,000 to its emergency assistance fund.  The fund was established in April 2020...

Disney opens ‘Frozen’ in Australia and looks to future productions

A stage production of "Frozen" made its international debut last month, as Disney resumes its worldwide theatrical roll-out. “Frozen” opened on Dec. 10 in Sydney,...

Broadway community applauds relief package, but says more is needed

While the theater community celebrates the inclusion of the Save Our Stages provision in the stimulus package, leaders say there is still more to...

Senate holds hearing on aid for theater and live entertainment sector

In a congressional hearing Tuesday, venue owners, senators and members of the entertainment community testified about the need for relief for the live entertainment...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ prepares to reunite for live concert

Over the past few weeks, "Jagged Little Pill" has been picking up momentum.  The musical was featured in the Thanksgiving Day parade, recorded performances for...

Broadway Across America, ticket buyers donate $1 million to Broadway Cares

Broadway Across America and ticket buyers have donated $1 million to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  The amount came from ticket buyers who donated the value...

Musicians’ union launches campaign for relief

Local 802 is sounding the alarm for relief for musicians in New York City.  Launched Tuesday under the banner #SaveNYCMusicians, the campaign asks for donations...

‘Caroline, or Change,’ ‘Trouble in Mind’ set to open on Broadway in fall 2021

"Caroline, or Change" will return to Broadway in fall 2021, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Tuesday.  Next fall, Roundabout will also present Alice Childress's "Trouble in...

‘The Minutes’ to vacate Broadway theater to allow for renovations, return planned for 2022

The Broadway production of "The Minutes" is vacating the Cort Theatre Monday to allow the Shubert Organization to make renovations on the theater.  "The Minutes,"...

UK lockdown affects planned runs of London shows

A lockdown in the United Kingdom will impact the runs of several London productions that were aiming to restart this fall.  On Saturday, UK Prime...

As shutdown continues, Broadway industry looks for an advocate

When the Broadway League announced theaters would be closed through May 30, 2021, industry members were not surprised by the news.  Some had already received...

‘MJ’ aims for September 2021 start on Broadway

"MJ," the Michael Jackson musical, has moved its first preview date to September 2021. The musical, produced by Lia Vollack Productions and the Michael Jackson...

‘The Music Man’ postpones Broadway opening to 2022

"The Music Man" has postponed its opening until Feb. 10, 2022. This is the second postponement of the revival, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster,...

Broadway League confirms shutdown through May 30

Broadway shows will remain closed through May 30, 2021, the Broadway League confirmed Friday. While there is not yet a reopening date, the League said...

Broadway to remain closed through May 2021

Broadway shows are expected to remain closed through at least May 2021, according to sources familiar with the matter.  The Broadway League is expected to...

Trump halts stimulus negotiations, postponing possible theater industry relief

President Trump said he will stop negotiations on another stimulus package until after the election.  In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Trump directed his representatives to...

Equity-League Health Fund addresses areas of concern about new health plan

The Equity-League Health Fund has addressed some of the concerns expressed by Actors' Equity about changes to health coverage.  The health fund, which is a...

New health plan for Equity members will require more work weeks for coverage

Actors' Equity members will need to work more weeks to qualify for health insurance coverage in 2021.  In a new plan unveiled Thursday by the...

Broadway leaders applaud inclusion of Save Our Stages in revised Heroes Act

The Save Our Stages Act has made it into the latest version of the House Democrats' Heroes Act.  The provision would provide $10 billion in...

Metropolitan Opera closed until fall 2021 due to coronavirus concerns

The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday that it will be closed until fall 2021 due to the continuing threat of COVID-19.  The Met had previously hoped...

Why ‘Six’ plans to reopen in London this fall

As he looks to reopen "Six" in London this November, producer Kenny Wax has the advantage of having a small cast, an 80-minute show...

Senator Schumer calls for federal aid for Broadway in Times Square rally

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Broadway leaders gathered in Times Square Friday to show support for the Save Our Stages Act.  The bipartisan...

Theater district restaurants eye reopening after indoor dining approval

Joe Allen is planning to reopen on Oct. 15 following the announcement that New York City will allow indoor dining later this month.  Restaurants are...

Gov. Cuomo says no update on Broadway reopening as indoor dining is cleared

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that indoor dining will be able to resume in New York City beginning Sept. 30. Restaurants will be allowed to...

Jujamcyn sues insurers over COVID-19 coverage

Jujamcyn Theaters is suing its insurers over a lack of coverage during the pandemic.  The theater owner, which operates five Broadway theaters, was denied coverage...

Tony Awards sets February eligibility cutoff date

The eligibility cutoff date for the upcoming Tony Awards is Feb. 19, 2020, Tony Award Productions confirmed Friday. The eligibility date would mean that "West...

Tony Awards to be broadcast digitally this fall

The 74th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast digitally this fall. Final eligibility determinations will be made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee in the...

‘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...