Broadway Shutdown Extends to June 7 as Coronavirus Cases Surge in New York City
New York City is currently the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday morning, at least 76,876 cases have been identified — more than any other anywhere else, according to the New York Times. 4,009 people have died.
In total, 397,754 people across all 50 states and territories have tested positive for the virus. 12,956have died.
Many theater stars working in current shows have revealed they’ve tested positive for coronavirus since the shutdown. Among those sick were Plaza Suite director John Benjamin Hickey, Moulin Rouge! star Aaron Tveit, Company actor Matt Doyle, and Come from Away‘s Chad Kimball.
There have been heartbreaking losses to the theater community as well. One of the most prolific playwrights, four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, died from coronavirus-related complications in March at the age of 81. Later that month, accomplished stage actor Marc Blum died at 69 from the virus. Adam Schlesinger, the Tony-nominated songwriter (Cry-Baby) who was penning the score to a number of Broadway-bound musicals, died in April at the age of 52, also from COVID-19 complications.
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