Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW YORK: Broad­way’s the­atres will re­main closed un­til Jan­uary next year as the in­dus­try fig­ures out a plan to func­tion amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, trade group the Broad­way League has an­nounced.

The Broad­way League said the­atre own­ers and pro­duc­ers will re­fund or ex­change tick­ets pre­vi­ously pur­chased for shows through Jan­uary 3, 2021, re­ported Va­ri­ety.

Broad­way’s the­atres have been shut down since March 12 due to the pan­demic, mak­ing it the long­est pe­riod of time that the­atres have been closed.

“The Broad­way ex­pe­ri­ence can be deeply per­sonal but it is also, cru­cially, com­mu­nal. The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bond­ing into a sin­gle au­di­ence fu­elling each per­former on stage and be­hind the scenes will be pos­si­ble again when Broad­way the­atres can safely host full houses,” said Broad­way League board chair­man Thomas Schu­macher.

He said the League plans to open the the­atres only when it is safe for the cast and crew in­volved.

“The safety of our cast, crew, orches­tra and au­di­ence is our high­est pri­or­ity and we look for­ward to re­turn­ing to our stages only when it’s safe to do so. One thing is for sure, when we re­turn we will be stronger and more needed than ever.”

Broad­way League pres­i­dent Char­lotte St Martin said they are work­ing closely with the city and state of­fi­cials to find the best way to re­open.

A ban­ner show­ing the Broad­way play The Phantom of the Opera at Time Square on March 12 in New York City. AFP/ FILE

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