Broadway Theaters To Remain Closed Into June Over Coronavirus

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Broadway Theaters To Remain Closed Into June Over Coronavirus
New York City's 41 Broadway theaters closed down in mid-March after Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of 500 people or more.
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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the lights to remain out on Broadway until at least June 7. 

The Broadway League, which is a trade association representing theater owners and producers, made the announcement Wednesday. 

New York City's 41 Broadway theaters closed down in mid-March after Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of 500 people or more.

The industry had originally been hoping to reopen by mid-April. That would've given productions time to start running before the April 23 eligibility cut-off date for this year's Tony Awards. That award show has now been postponed

Broadway had been in the midst of a golden age before the outbreak. Its 2018-2019 season brought in almost 15 million patrons who purchased more than $1.8 billion in tickets. 

But now The Hollywood Reporter estimates this three-month closure will likely result in roughly $500 million in lost ticket sales for The Great White Way.