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On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, a Broadway usher tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, on March 12, 2020, one of New York’s most significant cultural institutions, and a symbol of the city itself, entered an indiscernibly long hiatus when The Broadway League, an organization representing Broadway theater owners and producers, announced that Broadway would be shutting down. What was initially meant to be a short break for Broadway’s 41 theatres quickly evolved to an extended one. Although the theatres intended to reopen in June 2020, this deadline was moved first to January 2021, and subsequently to May 2021. While the move was undoubtedly necessary for the health and safety of New Yorkers, tourists, and patrons it was a significant blow in many respects. One of Broadway’s greatest icons stated: “Broadway — I’m romanticizing, but that’s the heartbeat of the city, and to think that they’ve been forced into darkness is shocking.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on November 16, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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