Broadway: What's Closed, Canceled or Rescheduled?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, August 04, 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 June 29, The Broadway League says all venues will remain closed through January 3, 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.

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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 provided a vaccine is available. As of this writing, previews will begin the week of March 22, 2021 with opening night set for April 14, 2021 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. No word on whether Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winners Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss will still star.

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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. Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award in London for her searing turn as the title character, is still set to star in.

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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, but promised the world-famous Rockettes would return alive and kicking in 2021

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Flying Over Sunset
After initially rescheduling this production to fall, on June 24 Lincoln Center Theater moved this far-out musical about celebrities taking LSD in the '50s to spring 2021. 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 sometime during the 2020-2021 season.

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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 provided a vaccine is available. As of this writing, previews will begin the week of March 1, 2021, with opening night set for March 15, 2021 at the Cort Theatre. 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 May 13, the producers of this jukebox musical about the King of Pop that was set to open in the summer announced new dates for the show: first preview March 8, 2021 with opening night set for April 15, 2021 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Glad it didn't just beat it!

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The Music Man
On June 24, the producers of the fall revival of The Music Man starring Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster announced the production was rescheduled for spring 2021. As of this writing, previews will begin on April 7, 2021 with opening night set for May 20, 2021 at the Winter Garden Theatre. That's an interesting opening date given the normal late April Tony Awards cutoff.

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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 post-shutdown. 

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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
The game will go on! 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. As of this writing, previews will begin the week of March 21, 2021 with opening night set for April 22, 2021 at the Helen Hayes Theater. Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson is still set to 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 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 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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