Broadway: What's Closed, Canceled or Rescheduled?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, October 13, 2020  •  
Tue Oct 13, 2020  •  
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All the changes to the Broadway lineup due to COVID-19

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When Broadway theatres shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis on March 12, they vowed to reopen in a month. But as of October 9, The Broadway League says all venues will remain closed through May 30, 2021. Below is the current status of every production that was already running or set to open on Broadway this spring, summer or fall.

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Closed or Canceled Broadway Productions

Beetlejuice
On April 8, the producers of this musicalization of Tim Burton's dark comedy announced that the show would not resume performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, though they said they were still considering reopening it at another venue. We hope this isn't the final nail in the coffin.

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Frozen
On May 14, Disney announced that its stage adaptation of its smash movie would not reopen on Broadway. As one of the few family favorites on the Rialto, we're sorry to let it go.

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Hangmen
After a hit run at Atlantic Theater Company, Martin McDonagh's pitch-black comedy about execution and vengeance transferred to Broadway and was scheduled to officially open on March 19. But it became the first casualty of the COVID-19 crisis, with producers announcing on March 20 that they didn't "have the economic resources" to reopen post-shutdown. 

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The second Broadway show to close due to the COVID-19 crisis, this revival of Edward Albee's classic play starred two-time Tony winner Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett. It was scheduled to officially open in April, but on March 21, producers said scheduling conflicts would prevent the show from resuming post-shutdown.

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Rescheduled Broadway Productions

1776
On June 26, the Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed its revival of this musical about the founding of our nation, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and featuring an all female-identifying cast, would open in spring 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. 

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American Buffalo
On June 25, the producers of this David Mamet revival said they hoped to mount the show in spring 2021 at the Circle in the Square Theatre provided a vaccine is available. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. No word on whether Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winners Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss will star with the production. 

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Birthday Candles
Originally, the Roundabout Theatre Company postponed Noah Haidle's play about a woman who ages from 17 to 101 until fall. But on June 26, the producers announced it had been rescheduled for fall 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre with star Debra Messing intact.

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Caroline, or Change
Originally, the Roundabout Theatre Company postponed this revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical to fall. But on June 26, the producers announced it had been rescheduled for spring 2021 at Studio 54. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. We hope Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award in London for her searing turn as the title character, will still star. 

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
On August 4, Radio City announced that its annual holiday extravaganza was canceled for 2020—the first time that's happened since it started in 1933! However, the venue promised the world-famous Rockettes would return alive and kicking in November 2021

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David Byrne's American Utopia
David Byrne's acclaimed concert spectacle ended its original Broadway run about a month before the shutdown, but it had been scheduled to return in fall 2020. On October 14, producers announced it would come back on September 17, 2021 at a theatre to be determined. In the meantime, you can watch a movie version directed by Spike Lee on HBO!

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Diana
On August 12, the producers announced that Diana would open in spring 2021, but now that Broadway is closed through at last May 30, 2021, that's one royal appointment that won't be kept. Happily, in a savvy move, the musical will premiere on Netflix next spring! Directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, the show was filmed without an audience at the Longacre Theater in fall 2020, and features the original Broadway cast, including Jeanna de Waal as the title princess, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.

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Flying Over Sunset
After rescheduling this production multiple times, on October 13 Lincoln Center Theater moved this far-out musical about celebrities taking LSD in the '50s to fall 2021, exact dates to be determined. No word on whether announced stars Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack and Tony Yazbeck will remain with the show.

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How I Learned to Drive
On April 7, Manhattan Theatre Club announced it was postponing its revival of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. No new dates were given, but the nonprofit company hopes to mount it at some point in the future. 

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The Minutes
On June 25, the producers of Tracy Letts' caustic small-town comedy said they hoped to mount the show in spring 2021 at the Cort Theatre provided a vaccine is available. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. No word on whether its big-name cast, including Armie Hammer and Tony winner Jessie Mueller, will still star.

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MJ The Musical
On October 9, the producers of this jukebox musical about the King of Pop announced the show was rescheduled for September 2021 at the Neil Simon Theatre, exact preview and opening dates to be determined. Glad it didn't just beat it!

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The Music Man
On October 9, the producers of this buzzy revival of The Music Man starring Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster announced the production was rescheduled for the 2021-2022 season. As of this writing, previews will begin on December 20, 2021 with opening night set for February 10, 2022 at the Winter Garden Theatre. 

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Plaza Suite
On May 12, the producers of this Neil Simon revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick rescheduled the show for spring 2021 at the Hudson Theatre. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. 

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Sing Street
On August 3, the producers of this musical, which was a transfer from New York Theatre Workshop, announced it had been rescheduled for sometime between the winter of 2021 and 2022. We're glad they plan to keep on singing.

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Take Me Out
On July 1, the producers at Second Stage Theater announced that their revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning baseball play was moving to spring 2021 at the Helen Hayes Theater. Now that Broadway is suspended through at least May 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. We hope Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson will still star. 

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Broadway Productions Presumably Set to Resume When the Shutdown Ends

As of this writing, the following shows haven't updated their statuses since the March 12 shutdown. We assume they plan to return, but will update this article as announcements are made.

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Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
This bio-musical about the legendary Motown group has been playing to healthy houses since it opened in spring 2019. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope its harmonies will resume soon. 

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Aladdin
This Disney musical is a longtime hit with families. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope its magic carpet will ride again. 

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The Book of Mormon
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's irreverent smash has been packing 'em in since it debuted in 2011. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope its Mormons continue ringing doorbells. 

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Chicago
One of the longest-running productions in Broadway history, this revival of Kander and Ebb's musical opened back in 1996. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope its merry murderesses get to croon and kill again.

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Come From Away
This uplifting tale of how a small Newfoundland community welcomed stranded strangers on 9/11 is the kind of musical we wish we could see right now. During the pandemic, the creators confirmed they're working on a film adaptation. As for the stage production, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it perseveres like its protagonists.

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Company
This gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical was still in previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but in the interim you can watch star Patti LuPone give hilarious tours of her basement on Twitter.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for best musical, this tale of a high school misfit who accidentally gets everything he ever wanted was a Gen Z juggernaut. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it continues to be found. 

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Girl from the North Country
A poetic evocation of life during the Great Depression set to Bob Dylan songs, this was the last Broadway production to open before the shutdown. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope to hear its somber tunes once again.

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Hadestown
This 2019 Tony Award winner for best musical turned the underworld into a hot destination. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope Orpheus and Eurydice return to the world of the living.

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Hamilton
Probably the Broadway show in the least danger, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner is almost guaranteed to come rapping back, even though, as of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
This two-part Harry Potter epic won the 2019 Tony Award for best play. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it will continue to cast its spell. 

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Jagged Little Pill
This politically charged musical inspired by Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name just opened last December. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it lives to rage again.

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The Lehman Trilogy
This theatrical epic about the meteoric rise and catastrophic downfall of a financial dynasty was still in previews when the shutdown hit. As of June, producers said they were still hoping to bring it back, though probably in a different Broadway house due to a scheduling conflict at the Nederlander Theatre.

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The Lion King
Like Hamilton, this Disney juggernaut is sure to come roaring back once the shutdown ends, although as of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future.

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Mean Girls
This musicalization of Tina Fey's classic comedy was a teen favorite. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope fetch finally happens.

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Moulin Rouge!
A sexy spectacle jam-packed with pop hits, this stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's movie was a sold-out smash. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it continues to dazzle.

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Mrs. Doubtfire
Based on the beloved 1993 Robin Williams comedy about a divorced actor who poses as a female nanny in order to hang with his kids, this musical comedy was still in previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it keeps making 'em laugh.

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The Phantom of the Opera
The longest-running Broadway show ever (since 1988!), this Main Stem mainstay is a beloved institution. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope the chandelier will rise again.

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Six
This international musical sensation was set to officially open on March 12, the day Broadway shut down. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but with its massive fan base we suspect these queens will get to take their bows.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
This bio-musical about the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll had them dancing in the aisles since it opened last fall. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it gets to shimmy again.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's groundbreaking novel about racial injustice is one of the most successful plays in the history of Broadway. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we suspect Atticus Finch will once again hold court.

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West Side Story
Ivo van Hove's radical reinvention of West Side Story opened before the shutdown and was playing to sold-out houses. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it gets to dance again.

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Wicked
The most swankified show in town, this musical about the unlikely friendship between Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West has been making magic since 2003. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we suspect it will continue to defy gravity.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.




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7 Comments:
Jane Solomon said:
Brava to Raven Snook. Loved the last lines.
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:11 PM
Leslie Price said:
You didn't mention Plaza Suite which I have tickets for. Company says it will resume but they told me they are refunding my money not rescheduling? Any insight? thanks
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:34 PM
Diamond said:
Thanks for this info. What about California suite with Parker- Broderick? Thanks
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:40 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Leslie and Diamond, Thanks for pointing out that I forgot Plaza Suite! I've updated the article with the status of that show. And Jane, thanks for the compliment!
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 1:04 PM
Alice Veyvoda said:
Thank you for the news I am an avid theater fan and TDF member and I sooooo appreciate your updates Thank you and please keep it up I will be here-God willing-when the lights go on again
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 8:41 PM
Evy Mayer said:
I just got a call from the Hudson Theater. They are re-scheduling Plaza Suite. I was given the option of a refund or to reschedule. I chose a date in early August.
Posted on 4/4/2020 at 1:08 PM
Susan Kornhauser said:
Thanks for the update. I had a ticket for most shows but I got refunds for them. Plaza Suite and Music Man switched my ticket to next year, which is great. How do I get a ticket for some of the other shows that are rescheduling? I assume that the theater box offices are closed. Or are they open? I love your column. I learn a lot from it.
Posted on 7/3/2020 at 8:20 AM
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