This has been a really tough year for so many reasons that it could fill an entire book. Much of this is due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When the pandemic began becoming a really big deal in the United States of America in early March, Broadway ended up shutting down. While the shutdown wasn’t expected to last horribly long, it kept getting pushed back. Most recently, it was revealed that Broadway would be closed until January 2021. Today, unfortunately, that date has been extended even further.
According to breaking news, Broadway is now officially going to be shutdown until May 30, 2021.
According to a report from BroadwayWorld.com, Charlotte St. Martin, the President of the Broadway League, was quoted as saying the following:
“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again.”
The Hollywood Reporter detailed how much of a financial hit this will have on Broadway. Their estimate is a shocking $6.9 billion dollars.
For all in the arts- and specifically the Broadway community- this is a really tough blow this morning, especially given the year they’ve had.