Broadway is being hit with a wave of cancellations as COVID-19 cases surge in New York City.
“The Music Man” will cancel performances through Jan. 1 after Hugh Jackman tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sutton Foster, Jackman’s co-star, was forced to miss several performances after coming down with the virus. She will return on Jan. 2, with Jackman expected to resume performances on Jan. 6.
“Is There Still Sex in the City?” halted production on Dec. 22 after star Candace Bushnell tested positive for COVID-19. Bushnell, who’s making her stage debut in the show, tested positive on the evening of Dec. 21, just before going onstage.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” also recently announced it has canceled performances through Dec. 26. The musical has been closed since Dec. 15 due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the company. At the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, performances were canceled through Jan. 23.
“Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical” announced Dec. 16 that it will go on hiatus from Dec. 16 through Dec. 19 due to the detection of a positive COVID test in its company. The show is expected to resume performances on Dec. 21.
That comes on the heels of an announcement that the Thursday matinee of “MJ The Musical” and the evening performance of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” would be cancelled after a “a limited number” of Broadway company members from both productions tested positive for COVID.
Preview performances of the Broadway premiere of “Skeleton Crew” have also been delayed until Dec. 27, pushing back its opening night to Jan. 19.
“Waitress” and “Thoughts of a Colored Man” both announced on Dec. 23 that they would be closing effective immediately.
A slew of Broadway shows have cancelled shows after cast or crew members tested positive in recent days, including box office juggernauts such as “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Jagged Little Pill.” An Off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” also cancelled several shows. And the problem isn’t limited to Broadway. The West End revival of “Cabaret” confirmed performances would be cancelled for the rest of the week after “members of the company” tested positive, and the London production of “Hamilton” also scrapped Friday’s show.
Amid a dramatic rise in cases in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will be increasing COVID-19 testing capacity and opening more testing sites, along with distributing more KN95 masks to the public.
Broadway theaters had been closed for more than a year and finally began reopening in late summer and early fall. A rise in COVID cases could be disastrous for a business that was only slowly regaining its footing.