Broadway extends coronavirus shutdown through June

The Great White Way has suspended shows through June 7

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Broadway officials announced Wednesday they have extended the suspension of all shows through June 7 in accordance with government guidelines pertaining to the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Great White Way abruptly closed on March 12 and announced plans to reopen the week of April 13. But that timetable was increasingly looking too optimistic as the city saw an alarming surge in deaths.

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“Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theater industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers and many other dedicated professionals,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League.

A Broadway street in Times Square, in New York, on Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

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New York continues to lead the nation in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with at least 140,386 as of Wednesday afternoon, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

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Already some shows scheduled to open this spring have abandoned plans of ever returning, including “Hangmen” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Others — like revivals of “Caroline, or Change” and “Birthday Candles” — have been moved to the fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.