Variety reports that despite efforts to keep doors open amid a growing public health crisis, Broadway theaters in New York City are going dark starting today, March 12 at 5 p.m. because of coronavirus. Following the announcement by NY Governor Cuomo, industry members began to chime in.
Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League says, “Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatre-goers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals. Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”
In addition to Broadway theatres, other New York City institutions that have closed because of the pandemic include the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.