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Broadway League Says Theaters Will Remain Shut At Least Until January 3, 2021 Because of Virus Fears


Broadway will remain shut down at least until January 3rd, 2021 says the Broadway League.

It’s because, as we know, social distancing in a Broadway house, not to mention in the putting on of a play or musical, is fairly impossible.

We knew there was going to be a long wait. But two shows– “The Minutes” and “American Buffalo”– announced March and April opening dates.  The Michael Jackson musical, “MJ,” is determined to open in April. And “The Music Man” will open on May 20th, skipping the usual eligibility deadline for the Tony Awards.

Most shows should return, or resume their opening plans next spring. But “Frozen” closed for good. “Hangmen,” the Martin McDonagh play that’s so good but can’t catch a break opening on Broadway, has thrown in the towel. And a Scott Rudin produced revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that was unnecessary in the first play, shuttered before it started.

Meantime, producers Joey Parnes and Tim Forbes are asking actors to send in audition tapes for a “K Pop” musical. Talented performers of Asian descent in their 20s are encouraged to visit in order to submit audition. materials.

Is there an audience for a Korean pop musical on Broadway? According to the press release: “An earlier version of the show, produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, played to sold-out crowds Off-Broadway in the Fall of 2017, and was the recipient of the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award, three Lucille Lortel Awards, including Best Musical, the Off Broadway Alliance Award, and seven Drama Desk Award nominations.” 


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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