Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Shuts Down Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Photo: Alex Cy
List of Theater Closings in New York


Release from the Broadway League:
Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances immediately in support of the health and well-being of the theatregoing public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry. Performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020.

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality.  Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”

Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.

The Broadway League will continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community and make decisions as circumstances require, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials.

For further information, please visit

Other cancellations and postponements: (Check back to see the latest.)


😷The Tony Awards, which were scheduled for June 7 have been postponed. No new date has been announced.

😷Lincoln Center Theater's Flying Over Sunset and Roundabout Theatre Company's Birthday Candles and Caroline, or Change—have been postponed to fall.

😷The Outer Critics Circle Awards scheduled for May 21 have been postponed. A new date has not been determined.

😷Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has canceled the 2020 Easter Bonnet Competition, which was scheduled to take place April 20 and 21 at the Minskoff Theatre.

😷The 76th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony originally scheduled for Monday evening, June 1, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) has been POSTPONED until Fall 2020. A new date will be announced soon.

😷The 2020 Olivier Awards scheduled for April 5 have been cancelled.

😷Showscore Shuts Down: Starting this Friday, we will no longer be updating the site, nor accepting new shows and reviews. We will continue to tie up loose ends and are planning to host our members at Socials through the summer and into the fall, when theater is back. 

😷No events scheduled within The Lambs until further notice3 West building is closed.

😷From Mayor Bill de Blasio:
Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9 am.

😷The remaining six shows of the Women’s History Solo Show Series co-presented by the 14th Street Y are postponed until a later date. Ticket purchasers will be contacted by the 14th Street Y.

😷TCG is moving to remote operations effective Monday, March 16, and the administrative offices will be closed.

😷All Signature Theatre productions and public events scheduled for March 12–22 are cancelled, but the Center will continue to be open to the public with adjusted hours. Both The Hot Wing King and Cambodian Rock Band have had their runs cut short. 

😷The Commercial Theater Institute's Continued Legal Education seminar scheduled for April 1-2 has been postponed until the fall.

😷The League of Professional Theatre Women's Julia’s Reading Room originally scheduled for March 25 at the Jefferson Market Library has been cancelled.

😷Miranda Theatre Company has postponed the the final two readings of the Liz Smith Reading Series.

😷MCC Theater is announcing changes to 2019/20 productions and events:
The New York premiere of All The Natalie Portmans played its final performance Thursday, March 12.
The World Premiere of Nollywood Dreams will not begin preview performances on Thursday, March 19 as previously announced. The production will be rescheduled for a later date in our 2019/20 Season. New dates will be announced. Contact the MCC Box Office at
Miscast 20, the 20th annual MCC Theater gala, previously scheduled for Monday, April 6, will now be held on Monday, June 15 at The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. Tickets purchased to the April 6 event will be honored on June 15.

😷Performances of Harry Townsend's Last Stand at City Center Stage II
will continue as scheduled. Per Governor Cuomo's advisement, the show will reduce the seating capacity of the theater by 50 percent to allow for "social distancing."

😷Red Bull Theater has cancelled all public events until April 12, 2020.

😷Repertorio Español has suspended performances through March 31.

😷The McKittrick Hotel which houses the shows Sleep No More, The Woman in Black, Speakeasy Magick and the rooftop Lodge at Gallow Green will close through April 12, 2020.

😷All remaining performances of Gnit, by Will Eno originally scheduled through March 29 at Teana are cancelled.

😷All programming and events at Feinstein’s/54 Below are postponed until April 8, 2020.

😷En Garde Arts is canceling the remaining stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn on their five-borough tour of Fandango For Butterflies (And Coyotes).

😷Transport Group's gala April 6 honoring Lori Fineman and Katherine Marshall has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

😷Abingdon Theatre Company is postponing all programming until further notice.

😷The Play Company's production of Sarah Einspanier's Lunch Bunch had been scheduled to start performances next week. PlayCo is canceling performances March 18-31. Previews are now scheduled to begin April 1, and PlayCo is adding performances April 21-26.

😷Works and Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has cancelled performances from March through May 2020, to be rescheduled at a later date.

😷Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation and the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College have postponed their co-production and world premiere of the new musical, DREAMING OF 1975 Saturday, March 21, 2020.

😷About Love has played its final performance Off-Broadway at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture a week-and-a-half earlier than its previously announced limited engagement was to conclude. Ticket-holders for canceled performances should contact their point of purchase for a refund.
Programming at The Sheen Center has been suspended through the end of March. The building is clo0sed to the public.

😷All performances of the off-Broadway production of Drift at New World Stages through Sunday, April 12, 2020 are cancelled. To reschedule your tickets, contact your point of sale.All tickets purchased for the impacted dates will be refunded automatically.

😷Vineyard Theatre announces that starting Friday, March 13  all performances of Dana H. will be suspended through March 31. The theatre will play to 50 percent capacity April 1 - 12. Dana H. will be extending to April 19 in order to accommodate patrons who want to see the production or who must reschedule.

😷Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will suspend performances of The Siblings play as of Saturday night, March 14 until further notice.

😷Playwrights Horizons: All remaining performances of Unknown Soldier are cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted directly about next steps.The first preview performance of Selling Kabul, slated for March 27, will most likely be delayed to a later date TBA.

😷Atlantic Theater administrative offices, studios, and theaters closed until further notice. All Atlantic staff will be working remotely and reachable via email during that time.

😷The Public Theater has cancelled all shows and events March 12  through April 12 to support citywide efforts to reduce the coronavirus spread. Current ticket holders have been sent an email with additional details on their cancelled performance but for inquiries, email or call 212-967-7555.

😷New Victory Theater on 42nd Street announced that the remainder of its 2019-2020 season has been canceled effective March 13 through June 14, 2020. This temporary theater closure affects the remaining five performances of Step Afrika!'s Drumfolk and seven subsequent productions from around the world. 

😷The Actors Fund will transition in-person program offerings to online and phone meetings only for the coming weeks.
You can sign up for online seminars on career enrichment, financial wellness, health insurance, affordable housing and more at 212-221-7300 ext. 119.

😷Episcopal Actors' Guild has postponed all events until further notice. Staff will continue to work remotely, and if you are in need of assistance, contact the executive director at With show closures, this may be a challenging time for our community. They are here to help.

😷Playwrights Realm has cancelled its upcoming production of Noah Diaz's RICHARD and JANE and DICK and SALLY, in partnership with The Sol Project.

😷New York Theatre Workshop has cancelled all public-facing events starting at 4 pm March 12.

😷59E59 Theaters will suspend all public programming effective immediately. The building will shut down at 5 pm today (March 12). 59E59 Theaters plans on resuming performances on April 1.

😷Beginning today, March 12, Ars Nova will suspend performances of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things and close their offices at the Ars Nova Hub (511 W 54th Street) and Ars Nova at Greenwich House (27 Barrow Street) for 30 days. Ars Nova is hopeful that performances will resume in mid-April, pending the status of COVID-19

😷Beyond Babel at Judson Auditorium will suspend performances for the remainder of March and first week of April 2020. The critically acclaimed production will go on hiatus immediately following the 8pm performance tonight, Thursday, March 12.
Performances from March 13 to April 6 will be rescheduled into May 2020. Beyond Babel is currently scheduled to resume performances on Tuesday, April 7 and will now run through Saturday, May 30. The revised performance schedule can be found at

😷Metropolitan Opera: We regret to inform our audience that all Met performances have been canceled through March 31, effective immediately.

😷Amas Musical Theatre has postponed its April 6 Blast from The Past Benefit Concert. In addition Amas Musical Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona, scheduled to begin performances at Theatre Row on March 17 and open on March 26, has been postponed for the time being. The original cast album will be recorded in April.

😷Helpful information about exchanging or cancelling your tickets from BroadwayWorld.

😷The Broadway League highly recommends that all stage door activities be eliminated for the time being. Anyone who is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or who is not feeling well, is encouraged to stay home and contact the point of purchase for more information about ticket exchanges and policies.

😷As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the City's efforts to promote social distancing, the Library for the Performing Arts has suspended all programming and events at our location through March 31. At this time, our location remains open during our regular hours.

😷Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) today announced that the 2020 Golden Shamrock Gala scheduled for Monday March 16 at Robert Restaurant honoring Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and Ethan E. Litwin would be postponed to a later date.

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Our reviews are professional reviews written without a religious bias. At the end of them, you can find a listing of language, content or theological issues that Christians might want to know about when deciding which shows to see.

** Mature indicates that the show has posted an advisory because of content. Usually this means I would recommend no one under the age of 16 attend.

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists. Her play concept, "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York. Shifting from reviewing to producing, Yarger owns Gracewell Productions, which produced the Table Reading Series at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. She trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Intensive and other training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run. She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She wrote reviews of Broadway and Off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (, an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She was a contributing editor for She previously served as theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a former vice president and voting member of The Drama Desk.

She is a freelance writer and playwright (member Dramatists Guild of America). She is a member if the The Outer Critics Circle (producer of the annual awards ceremony) and a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, serving as Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter. Yarger was a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.


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Key to Content Notes:

God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.

Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women or people of a certain race are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide, or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

Reviewing Policy

I receive free seats to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made available to all voting members of the Outer Critics Circle. Journalistically, I provide an unbiased review and am under no obligation to make positive statements. Sometimes shows do not make tickets available to reviewers. If these are shows my readers want to know about I will purchase a ticket. If a personal friend is involved in a production, I'll let you know, but it won't influence a review. If I feel there is a conflict, I won't review their portion of the production.

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