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UPDATE: Broadway to Remain Closed Through May 30, 2021

Official Press Release from The Broadway League Broadway Update On Performance Cancellations New York, NY – October 9, 2020 – The Broadway League announces the continued suspension of all ticket sales for Broadway performances in NYC through May 30, 2021.   Dates for each returning and new Broadway show will be announced as individual productions determine the performance schedules for their respective shows.  The League will provide updates to the public as more information becomes available. “With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. Theatregoers holding tickets for dates through May 30, 2021 should contact their point of purchase for details about exchanges and refunds. Broadway performances were initially suspended due to COVID 19 on March 12, 2020. At that time, 31 productions were running, including 8 new shows in previews. Additionally, 8 productions were in rehearsals preparing to open in the spring.   Official Press Release from The Broadway League:  The Broadway League Announces Fall Performance Cancellations While Working on Protocols For Curtains To Rise Again Broadway Theatres Extend Ticket Refunds and Exchanges through January 3, 2021 Tickets For Early 2021 To Go On Sale In Coming Weeks New York, NY – June 29, 2020 – The Broadway League announced today that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. The League has released updated information regarding performance cancellations and ticketing. Broadway theatres are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all performances through January 3, 2021. The Broadway League continues to work with city and state officials as well as leaders in science, technology, and medicine to formulate the best plan to restart the industry.  Some of the logistics being currently reviewed for audience members and employees include: screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theatres, backstage protocols, and much more. Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021. Tickets for performances for next winter and spring are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks. For regular updates on ticket sales, individual show announcements, performance dates, and more, please check for information as it becomes available. “The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal,” said Chairman of the Board of The Broadway League Thomas Schumacher.  “The alchemy of 1000 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.  Every single member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience.  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. One thing is for sure, when we return we will be stronger and more needed than ever.” “Our membership is working closely with the theatrical unions and in concert with key experts and some of the greatest minds inside and outside of the industry to explore protocols for all aspects of reopening. We are focused on identifying and implementing necessary measures that will enable us to resume performances safely for Broadway audiences and employees,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so.  As so many of us in the Broadway community have been saying during this time – We’ll be back, and we have so many more stories to tell.” Those holding tickets for performances through January 3, 2021 will receive an e-mail from their point of purchase with detailed information regarding refund and exchange options. Any customers holding tickets through January 3, 2021 that have not received an e-mail by July 13th are advised to contact their point of purchase for assistance after this date. Broadway performances were suspended on March 12, 2020. At that time, 31 productions were running, including 8 new shows in previews. Additionally, 8 productions were in rehearsals preparing to open in the spring.

On With The Show – Updated 06.17

With Broadway going dark and theatres around the country having to suspend or cancel their seasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists and theatre-goers are wondering “what happens next?”.  Theatres have pivoted to online streaming of archived shows and live-streamed readings of plays. Some companies have remained open, adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines. Creators around the world have persevered and are finding ways to keep the show going. Check this post for links and resources of how theatres and events around the country are creating during this time. Theatres Producing Through Summer 2020 Barrington Stage Company – Pittsfield, MA Barrington Stage Company will resume shows, beginning August 5th using Social Distancing and reduced capacity seating for their mainstage series. Legacy Theatre – South Metro Atlanta, Georgia Legacy Theatre will be performing YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN as a part of “Legacy on the Lawn” to comply with health & safety standards Bigfork Summer Playhouse – Bigfork, MT Bigfork will be presenting their full schedule of summer shows in repertory, beginning July 2nd. Additional cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing and personal safety protocols Tibbits Summer Theatre – Coldwater, MI Tibbits will now offer seven shows starting in July, presented as fully-staged reader’s theatre and concert-style performances with small casts. Seating will reflect social distancing recommendations.  Auditions & Conventions Break a Leg Network will keep you up-to-date for the 2020-2021 audition & convention season. View our post HERE. Broadway Goes Dark – Suspended Seasons & Closures Broadway Updates (via Updates for Regional Theatre Companies’ Seasons and the Digital Content They’re Creating Instead (via National Tours – Which Productions are Cancelled? (via How the Entertainment Industry is Dealing with the Coronavirus The Broadway League  Closure Alert – 06/16/2020: Mercury Theatre in Chicago is closing down (via Awards Show Updates How Theatre Award Ceremonies Are Handling the Coronavirus Shutdown (via Stream Theatre Online Broadway HD Broadway On Demand Virtual Theatre Today (via Broadway from Home (via Filmed on Stage – Updating daily!

Financial Flaws: Are you guilty of these common mistakes?

Although this article is directed towards dancers, these 8 money mistakes could be applied to all artists in the entertainment industry. Are you guilty of any of these financial flaws? Learn what they are, advice to control your finances, and the freedom and security grow in your artistry. READ ARTICLE via  

Why Signing With an Agent Is Like Buying Into the Stock Market

Go for the long term investment when it comes to finding an agent. Your success as a performer may not be instantaneous, but it may end up being a long-term growth process from which you and your agent will profit. This article from Backstage gives a unique perspective from an agent’s point of view of how the entertainment industry can mirror the stock market. VIEW ARTICLE via

The New Agreement Recognizing Dancers’ Creative Contributions on Broadway

Under a new agreement made with Actor’s Equity Association and The Broadway League, actors and stage managers involved in the production of a new show will receive a cut of the earnings; ranging from more pay in developmental labs and workshops, to  1% of profits (up to ten years) after the show has reached its initial investment. This new deal for profit-sharing recognizes all the hard work done behind the scenes and on the stage, creating an equal and well-deserved payout. View Article via

Take Charge of Your Freelance Career

Finding the time and motivation to dedicate to your freelancing career can be tough. Often, you feel as though you are on your own and have to carve your own path. There are several tips, tricks, and tools that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Dance Magazine outlines five simple tips to help you with time management to get your career on track to achieve the goals you’ve set. READ ARTICLE via

Audition Advice with Casting Director Christine Sheaks

Casting director Christine Sheaks (“Fargo”, “Boogie Nights”) knows what it means for an actor to impress in the audition room. Here’s her take on some best practices when it comes to auditioning: READ ARTICLE via

8 Must-Haves for a Self-Tape Home Studio

Whether it’s a last minute on-camera audition, or a recording needed for an audio book submission, it is very helpful for actors to have the tools to create a home studio. Self-submissions are a common way to be seen for castings, especially if you are submitting to projects outside of the area in which you live. It may take time to accumulate the appropriate gear, but once you do, it’ll allow you to shine on film and for producers to focus on YOU and not the print of the wallpaper behind you! READ ARTICLE via

Actor Taxes: How to Prepare for the New Tax Law Changes

Taxes. The time of year we all dread because so often as artists, we don’t know where to begin or how to get the most bang for our buck. If you are filing your taxes yourself and are overwhelmed, take a look at these tips from Backstage. It’ll inform you on how to prepare for the tax season financially, emotionally, and practically. READ ARTICLE via

You Must Practice Gratitude for Successes Big + Small

Two little words can make a difference when it comes to booking your next job. Two little words can change someone’s day by taking the time to appreciate them. Two little words can set a positive example to all those around you. Two little words will help you express gratitude for success, no matter the size. Can you guess these two little words? READ ARTICLE via