Sunday, June 16, 2024

Broadway: “The Lion King” Pawses Performances Until December 27th, Joins a Long List of Shows


That’s it for Simba and friends.

“The Lion King” on Broadway is paws-ing performances until December 26th because of COVID.

The long running hit joins a long list of shows on hiatus this week including Hamilton, Hadestown, Aladdin, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ain’t Too Proud, and MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical  that are temporarily shut down thanks to the ‘Cron.

Sadly, “Jagged Little Pill” has shut for good.

“We are providing support to the affected Lion King company members as they recover,” the production announced. “We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience this causes ticket holders, but we trust that audiences will agree that safety must be at the forefront of our return to Broadway.”

A new play, “Skeleton Crew,” has postponed the start of previews by a week.

Other shows have canceled performances but proceeded on this week. It’s smart to check with the theaters to see what’s going on since everything changes day to day.


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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