Thursday, May 23, 2024

Broadway: Michael Jackson Musical Shuts Down Until December 27th for COVID, Other Shows Go Dark As Well


That’s it for “MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical.” They’ve shut down until December 27th for COVID.

This is a real blow because it’s the Christmas season, some tourists might be in town, and they need some box office money now.

But one or more people backstage have tested positive for COVID.

“MJ” is not alone. Last night the audience for “Moulin Rouge” was already seated when they were told there would be no show. Same thing there. Performance cancelled. Everyone had to leave.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” is on hiatus, “Hamilton” is on pause, and several other shows are dark until everyone is cleared. These two weeks are so key for shows financially. It’s a shame. But they must take precautions to keep everyone safe.

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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