Broadway’s Lights to Remain Dimmed Until September
Even through the darkest of times, the majestic lights of Broadway theaters and their spellbinding billboards have continued to bring magic and joy to millions of audiences. Unfortunately, it will be almost four months before the curtains rise once again.
This week, it was announced that the Broadway shutdown – already the longest in its eminent history – will be extended until September 6, following the advice of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As such, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be suspended until the first week of September, which coincides with the start of the Hogwarts school year. As much as this news comes as a huge disappointment to the many fans who were eagerly anticipating the show, it is also an equally devastating time for the cast and crew members.
Broadway performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are now suspended though September 6th. If you hold a ticket to a suspended performance, please visit https://t.co/yTFOE5Muu3. pic.twitter.com/YwMFUV1BAC
— Harry Potter and the Cursed Child NYC (@CursedChildNYC) May 12, 2020
The produces released a statement on the official Cursed Child website:
The producers of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and our [t]heatres have a commitment to the safety and peace of mind of all its audiences, cast and company, and theatre staff. In line with the latest advice from governments on the prevention of the spread of Covid-19, the producers have had to make changes to performance schedules across our different territories, and this regrettably involves the temporary cancellation of some shows whilst measures are in place.
Affected Potter fans should contact their point of purchase to receive a refund or to rebook for a future performance. More detailed instructions can be found on the show’s official website. As the iconic Broadway adage goes, “The show must go on!” We can only hope that the pandemic will subside soon, so that the heart of musical theater can thrive once again.