Broadway's Shut Down Until June 2021—Here's What to Do With Your Tickets Now

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of when it will be safe to resume going to packed theaters, the Broadway League announced that it will once again delay reopening Broadway theaters until May 30, 2021, which means people who had tickets for shows prior to that date will likely be refunded.

The Broadway League announced the extended suspension in a press release on Friday. The league said that rescheduled dates for upcoming shows will be determined individually by each production. According to CNN, shows weren't planned to return until at least January. The delay continues to hurt the theater industry.

"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," Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.

Newsweek contacted the Broadway League but it had no further comment beyond its press release.

For those who had tickets for upcoming productions, the Broadway League recommended contacting the seller about getting a refund or exchanging a ticket for a later date. If tickets were bought from a secondary market like StubHub, it's best to get in touch. According to StubHub's website in August, if an event is canceled, the ticket reseller will offer a 120 percent credit to what you paid for a future event.

According to New York Show Tickets in July, buyers of most tickets should have received a refund automatically if they were purchased through a site like Ticketmaster, Telecharge or from the box office directly with a credit card, but for ticketholders who are unsure, they should reach out to the seller directly. Purchases made with cash may be a little more complicated and warrant contacting the seller directly.

The Broadway League noted that there were 31 productions running shows when Broadway shut down on March 12 due to the pandemic. There were also eight shows that were in rehearsals to open shortly.

A few Broadway shows have already redone their schedules to accommodate the change in reopening dates. Shows like Come From Away, Phantom of the Opera and more have already put tickets for sale on sites like Broadway.com for as early as June 1, 2021.

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Closed broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic on April 8, in New York City. The Broadway League announced today that theaters will remain closed until May 30, 2021. Getty/Jamie McCarthy