Broadway: What's Closed, Canceled or Rescheduled?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 12, 2020  •  
Tue May 12, 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 May 12, the Broadway League says all venues will remain closed through Labor Day, probably longer. Below is the current status of every production that was already running or set to open on Broadway this spring.

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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 once the shutdown is lifted.

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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 once the shutdown is lifted.

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Rescheduled Broadway Productions

Birthday Candles
On March 25, the Roundabout Theatre Company moved both of its spring productions to the fall, though exact dates have yet to be determined. Debra Messing is still set to star in Noah Haidle's play about a woman who ages from 17 to 101.

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Caroline, or Change
On March 25, the Roundabout Theatre Company moved both of its spring productions to the fall, though exact dates have yet to be determined. Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award in London for her searing turn as the title character, is still set to star in this revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical.

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Flying Over Sunset
On March 24, Lincoln Center Theater moved this far-out musical about celebrities taking LSD in the '50s to the fall. No word on whether announced stars Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack and Tony Yazbeck will remain with the production.

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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 sometime next season.

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MJ The Musical
On May 13, the producers of this jukebox musical about the King of Pop that was set to open this summer announced new dates for the show: first preview March 8, 2021 with an opening night of April 15, 2021. Glad it didn't just beat it!

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Plaza Suite
On May 12, the producers of this Neil Simon revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick that was set to open this spring announced new dates for the show: March 19, 2021 to July 18, 2021 at the Hudson Theatre. The Hollywood power couple have long maintained they were "optimistic" about doing the show at a later date. We hope it happens!

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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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American Buffalo
Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winners Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss were set to star in this David Mamet revival, which hadn't even started previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope to see this starry trio together on stage. 

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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 show we wish we could see right now. As of now, 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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Diana
This Princess Di bio-musical was still in previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope this royal still gets to bow. 

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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 now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it survives. 

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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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The Minutes
Tracy Letts' caustic comedy about the drama at a small-town city council meeting was still in previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope we get to see its starry cast, including Armie Hammer and Tony winner Jessie Mueller. 

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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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Sing Street
A hit at New York Theatre Workshop based on John Carney's cult movie musical of the same name, this show hadn't even started previews on Broadway when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope it keeps singing.

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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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Take Me Out
Second Stage Theater's revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning play starring Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson hadn't even started previews when the shutdown hit. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope the game gets to go on. 

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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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6 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
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