You already have problems with a capital T and that rhymes P and that means pandemic.
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It is increasingly clear that, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway will not return until at least early 2021, if so. Hugh Jackman’s directed production of The music man, which was announced with much fanfare nearly two years in advance with plans to debut in the fall of 2020, has said it will move its production to spring 2021. The new plan, according to a statement, is for production to begin rehearsals. . On February 8, it will begin acting on April 7 and will open on May 20 at the Winter Garden Theater. The show’s creative team, including director Jerry Zaks, and the main cast, including Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, remain intact. “Despite the delay, we remain united as a company and are grateful to be able to do so,” producer Scott Rudin said in a statement. “And we hope to be able to come to the Winter Garden, with a beautiful and encouraging Musical man In early April, and to be just a part of what we look forward to, once again it will be a vibrant and exciting Broadway.
As of now, Broadway, the largest portion of New York’s theater industry, is formally closed until this Labor Day, and as BroadwayNews.com has reported, the Broadway League may soon extend that closure until January 2021. By now productions like The music man They have already started moving their dates in apparent anticipation of a longer close. This morning, Lincoln Center Theater announced that it would relocate its Broadway production of the musical James Lapine LSD. Flying over the sunset and his opera Off Broadway Underwear until the spring of 2021. Both were originally released in March, and LCT previously said it would roll them out this fall. Other Broadway shows planned for this spring and summer have already jumped to the spring dates of 2021. Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, announced in May that she would move her career from March 19 to July 18, 2021. The Michael Jackson musical MJMeanwhile, it announced in May that it would begin performing on March 8, 2021 and would open on April 15.
Given the uncertain nature of the pandemic, and the many questions about how theaters could protect the safety of artists and the public, these dates may change in the future. But they are also a sign that the producers are betting that the theater will return sometime next spring, and they hope to reap some of the goodwill that could result from being the first shows to return to the theater (if everyone feels comfortable returning to the theater). As for the Tony Awards: Those normally airing in June after a qualifying cut shows that they should be released before the end of April, though The music manThe dates imply that producers could be betting that the qualification period could change next year. Regardless, this year CBS aired Grease he sings instead of the Tonys, and no one has announced when or in what form the awards show could return. Very, very, very seriously: who knows?