People stroll previous the Richard Rodgers Theatre after cancellations of the Hamilton broadway reveals due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases throughout the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 16, 2021.
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Visitors to New York City on Friday can try the well-known outside Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, however they will not find a way to stroll down the block and see Radio City Musical Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular.”
The stars of that present, the Rockettes, have been sidelined by an outbreak of Covid-19.
It’s been a tough week for reside performances. Show after present on Broadway has been canceled as variants of the coronavirus gasoline a brand new surge in Covid cases in the metropolis.
With only a week earlier than Christmas Eve, all 4 performances of Radio City’s Christmas present had been canceled. Elsewhere, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” nixed its Thursday night time efficiency with viewers members of their seats after an organization member examined optimistic.
Productions have been beginning and stopping since the theater business reopened in the Big Apple in September. “Aladdin,” “Chicken & Biscuits,” “Chicago” and “Wicked” in addition to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” have been compelled to cancel performances or shut down due to breakthrough cases.
These incidents have been extra frequent in current weeks, nonetheless, as the Covid omicron variant has led to a rise in cases, even amongst those that are totally vaccinated.
On Wednesday, “Tina,” a jukebox musical about legendary singer Tina Turner, canceled each of its performances, the Harry Potter present known as off its matinee and “Hamilton” scratched its night efficiency.
An indication indicating canceled performances of “Mrs. Doubtfire” due to Covid is displayed in the window of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on December 16, 2021 in New York City.
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“Mrs. Doubtfire,” a brand new musical adaptation of the common comedy movie, had beforehand canceled 4 performances between Sunday and Wednesday. Additionally, “Freestyle Love Supreme” canceled three reveals, “Ain’t Too Proud’ scrapped one and the off-Broadway “Little Shop of Horrors” revival abandoned four.
Broadway has taken precautions to ensure that workers and audience members are vaccinated and patrons are required to wear masks during performances. In many cases, company members and workers who have tested positive have been asymptomatic or have shown only mild symptoms. But they are not allowed to return until they are considered no longer contagious.
In some instances, productions have been able to continue even if a cast member tests positive for Covid-19, with understudies or swing players taking their place.
While audiences have largely been understanding of these cancellations, the disruptions are costly to productions, especially those that are just getting underway. While shows with major followings are anchors in the Broadway community and will be able to rebound, the newer productions face steeper challenges.
“Chicken & Biscuits,” for instance, a comedy a few household that reunited for a funeral, closed completely at the finish of November.
While ticket holders in the New York metro space might select to rebook tickets, vacationers who usually come expressly to see Broadway reveals are much less lucky.
In a typical 12 months, vacationers account for 65% of Broadway ticket gross sales. They additionally spend further cash on transportation, meals and lodges. Frequent cancellations, particularly throughout the peak vacation season, may deter these vacationers from scooping up tickets for worry that the efficiency will get known as off earlier than curtain time.