UK Authorities Plot Return of Indoor Events in August
Live audiences will be allowed to return to events held indoors, including concerts and theatre performances, according to an announcement this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The shift is part of a larger shift in lockdown rules in the country, which is seeking to give greater authority to... Read more
Hamilton Set to Hit Disney+ Streams With Friday Debut
The smash hit musical Hamilton is back – sort of. Lin Manuel Miranda’s hip hop take on the founding father, which set records on Broadway and has been a hot ticket for half a decade, is premiering on Disney+ Friday – the eve of Independence Day. Paid subscribers are... Read more
Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Lays Off 3,480 Workers
Cirque du Soleil is filing for bankruptcy protection, and will lay off 3,480 workers as part of an attempt to restructure its business to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is headquartered in Montreal but runs performances in cities across the globe. According to Fast Company, it’s initial filing... Read more
Jen Kramer at Westgate Headlines Upcoming Ticket Onsales
A slew of dates from magician Jen Kramer in the cabaret at Las Vegas’ Westgate headlines the tickets on sale this week, as the Yale alumna and onetime guest on Penn & Teller: Fool Us reopens the room as July begins. The show, featuring “mind-boggling magic and mentalism, comedy,... Read more
Jackman-Led Music Man Revival Postponed to April 2021
With Broadway expected to soon announce it would continue its Covid-19-related shutdown through at least the end of the year, an anticipated revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster has seen its opening postponed to April 2021. “Performing on Broadway is a great honor for... Read more
StubHub Refund Policy Change May Run Afoul of Massachusetts Law
StubHub’s Covid-19 policy shift against allowing refunds for cancelled events may run afoul of Massachusetts law, according to consumer rights activists. More than 100 consumer complaints have been received in the state, according to a report by WCVB. The ticket resale marketplace changed its terms in March as thousands... Read more
Report: Broadway to Announce Extension of Closures to January
Broadway may soon extend its ongoing shutdown through the end of 2020, according to sources cited in a report posted Monday at Broadwaynews.com. Shows, halted since March due to the coronavirus, will remain closed through at least January 3, 2021, with the official announcement expected to come later this... Read more
Theater Experts Launch Think Tank Focused On Reopening Strategies
Multiple theater executives gathered together to form a “think tank,” helping others throughout the industry move forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. The think tank, formed by producer and publicist Matt Ross, is composed of three dozen theatermakers across all disciplines, as well as a team of epidemiologists from the... Read more
Major West End Productions To Stay Shuttered Until 2021
London’s West End theaters won’t house smash shows like Hamilton and The Phantom of the Opera until some point next year, producers announced this week. Famed producer Cameron Mackintosh – who runs the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres group – revealed that the aforementioned shows as well as Mary Poppins and... Read more
Theatergoers Cite Masks As Key Factor For Their Return To Broadway
As Broadway remains closed through Labor Day Weekend, theatergoers are itching to get back to The Great White Way – but not without masks or until it is safe. A new poll from The New York Times/Siena College Research Institute shows that Broadway fans are less willing to come... Read more