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Broadway Lockdown Losses Exceed $30 Million

Broadway Lockdown Losses Exceed $30 Million

Friday, 15 May, 2020 - 04:30
This Jan. 19, 2012 file photo shows billboards advertising Broadway shows in Times Square, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
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New York's Broadway theaters will not reopen until at least the sixth of September, the Broadway League announced without setting a date for resuming performances.


All the shows that were scheduled in the famous district neighboring the Times Square were suspended after New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo banned all kind of gatherings since March 12.


The theater district has never been closed for such a period and Broadway's theaters are losing over $30 million of revenues of ticket sales every week.


Before the events' suspension, the schedule of Broadway's theaters included 31 shows, as well as eight performances that were set for spring.


Organizers of "The Hangmen" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" shows announced cancelling their plans. The Beetlejuice musical, which was supposed to conclude its shows in early June, will not come back to Broadway as well.


Charlotte St. Martin, Broadway League's president, said in a statement: "The Broadway League's membership is working in cooperation with the theatrical unions, government officials, and health experts to determine the safest ways to restart our industry."


Some experts expect Broadway's shutdown to last until 2021.


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