Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.
Curtains are rising again after the Omicron surge caused widespread cancellations, but attendance has fallen steeply. Nine shows are closing, at least temporarily.
Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.
The trade association representing theater owners and producers gets an assist from Oprah Winfrey as it seeks to drive ticket sales beyond the buzzy September reopenings.
“The Music Man” and other shows will have to plan new opening dates, as a new reality sets in: Many theaters are likely to stay shut through next fall.
Decision comes after months of uncertainty following a Broadway shutdown that kept many shows from opening.
The industry said it would refund tickets through Jan. 3, and hopes that shows would be able to reopen “over a series of rolling dates in early 2021.”
The organization will commission a comprehensive survey to get a handle on diversity onstage, backstage and in production offices.
A New York Times/Siena College Research Institute poll found that theatergoers who are hesitant to return worry that the people around them won’t follow the rules.