Friday, June 21, 2024

Broadway Struggles with COVID Outbreaks as Even “Hamilton” Shuts Down for a Day


Even with vaccine mandates and testing, COVID is affecting Broadway shows.

Today, “Hamilton” joined the list of shows taking a breather after a virus outbreak in the cast and crew. They’ll be back soon.

Other shows have cancelled performances including “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” and the revised “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Maybe mercifully paused is “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the panned musical taken from the Robin Williams movie.

I see a lot of people griping about all this on social media. But shutting down for a performance or two is the exact right thing to do. That and daily testing so everyone backstage is protected.

What we don’t want is for Broadway to shut down again for the winter. With “The Music Man” and “MJ The Michael Jackson Musical” on their way in, the shows will have to be more vigilant than ever.

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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