Broadway Shutdown Extended Through End of 2020

The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again -- until at least early January.

Broadway Shutdown Extended Through End of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January.

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board of The Broadway League, which represents producers.

“The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theatres can safely host full houses,” he added. “The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so.”

Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open — and postponing indefinitely the Tony Award schedule. Producers, citing health and city authorities, previously extended the shutdown to June 7 and then again to Sept. 6.

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union that represents actors and stage managers, noted the closure extension and urged lawmakers to include arts funding and loans to help those who work in the live performing arts.

The association is pushing for an emergency $4 billion in supplemental funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, low interest loans for theaters that do not qualify for NEA funding, restoring the business tax deduction for the purchase of live entertainment tickets and the passage of the bipartisan Performing Artist Tax Parity Act.

In London, producer Cameron Mackintosh has said his company’s West End productions of “Hamilton,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mary Poppins” and “Les Miserables” won’t reopen until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has canceled most previously-announced performances and events through the end of 2020, as has the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Broadway grossed $1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people. Producers and labor unions are discussing ways theaters can reopen safely.

The latest extension wipes away many shows planned for the fall. Many have just moved to next year, including a revival of “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster that was to start rehearsals on June 29 but will now open in May 2021.

Shows that were to open this spring have abandoned their plans, including “Hangmen” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” A production of “The Minutes” by Tracy Letts and “American Buffalo” by David Mamet will arrive on Broadway in Spring 2021, opening exactly one year after their originally scheduled opening dates.

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No Looking Back: ‘TBT’ Takes Sebastian Yatra, Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo to No. 1 on Latin Airplay Chart

'TBT’ Takes Sebastian Yatra, Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo to No. 1

No Looking Back: ‘TBT’ Takes Sebastian Yatra, Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo to No. 1 on Latin Airplay Chart

Sebastián Yatra, Rauw Alejandro and Manuel Turizo’s “TBT” hits No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart (dated July 4) and dethrones the Black Eyed Peas from their one-week reign with “Mamacita,” with Ozuna and J. Rey Soul.

“I wrote this song over a year ago with Sech in Miami,” Yatra tells Billboard from Colombia. “We started writing a story based on personal situations we were both going through over a guitar riff. It’s a reggaetón tune with strong pop elements co-produced by the XAXO brothers with Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo (“Despacito”). It also has its romantic touch, which is something I vibrate with strongly.”

The acts join atop the chart in the song’s 14th try thanks to its 12.42 million in audience impressions (up 7 percent) earned in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Its journey to the top is a reflection of how the song has been getting into people little by little,” Yatra continues. “It’s also a reflection of the perseverance of my team at Universal. Nowadays it is very easy to release a song and get lost in so many things — the news, our daily routines. We’ve done a nice job with ‘TBT.’”

It’s the first No. 1 for Rauw Alejandro, who began his Latin Airplay career a little over a year ago when he secured his first chart entry with “Luz Apaga,” with Ozuna and Lyanno (No. 48 peak, Feb. 16, 2019-dated survey).

“I was super happy to work with Manuel Turizo and Rauw Alejandro, who are both on fire these days,” Yatra adds. “They are not only extremely talented, but both have big hearts. So happy to be next to Rauw as he gets his first No. 1 on Latin Airplay. Without a doubt he’s one of the few newcomers who will leave a mark. I’m such a fan of him, his versatility and ability to create.”

As “TBT” hits No. 1 on Latin Airplay, Yatra nabs his seventh leader. His first No. 1 dates back to when “Robarte Un Beso,” with Carlos Vives, ruled for one week in January 2018. Turizo, meanwhile secures his second No. 1.

“I’m extremely grateful with Bilboard for the support these past five years,” Yatra continues. “I feel this past year, I’ve been forgetting about the essence of the songs, which is basically the most important thing. You get entrenched is this spiral of work, action, executing, touring and not actually taking the time to plan and give a song the importance and love it needs. The pause during quarantine has served as a tool to reinvent myself musically. ‘TBT’ represents the end of that final chapter in my career prior to the halt.”

Elsewhere on the Latin charts, “TBT” remains atop the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart for a second week, and moves into the top 20 on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data.

Alejandro joins a group of other eight acts who have claimed their first No. 1 in 2020. Let’s take a look at the board:

Artist, Song Title, Date Reached No. 1

Black Eyed Peas, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life),” with J Balvin, Feb. 8

Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” with Karol G, Feb. 15

Static & Ben El, “Súbelo (Further Up),” with Pitbull and Chesca, March 28

Chesca, “Súbelo (Further Up),” with Static & Ben El and Pitbull, March 28

Ne-Yo, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, featuring Lenier and El Micha, April 18

Lenier, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo, also featuring El Micha, April 18

El Micha, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo, also featuring Lenier, April 18

J.Rey Soul, “Mamacita,” with Black Eyed Peas, June 20

Camilo, “Si Me Dices Que Si,” with Reik and Farruko, June 27

Rauw Alejandro, “TBT,” with Sebastián Yatra and Manuel Turizo, July 4

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