More Closings Worldwide – Streaming Becomes Essential



“Broadway Licensing Offers Up Streaming Rights to Shows that Can’t Perform Live” by BroadwayWorld – “Broadway Licensing has secured approvals for live streaming over 400 plays from their Playscripts catalog. … Broadway Licensing has worked with their playwrights to approve one-time non-precedent setting approvals for live streaming their productions.”

“The Show Goes On Video” by American Theatre’s Allison Considine – “Theatres across the country are working with unions to find ways to capture, share, and livestream stage work.”

ON THE ROAD: “National Tours of Broadway Titles Halt Engagements During COVID-19 Pandemic” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “See which productions have been postponed or canceled—and which shows are still playing.”

“Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel Will Depart London Cast of Waitress Early” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “Bareilles and … Creel will play their final performances … March 14 … ”

“Broadway Is Closed, but London’s Theaters Carry On” by The New York Times’ Alex Marshall – “On Friday, Britain’s approach to containing the coronavirus seemed out of step with other European countries. … But the government here has not placed any restrictions on events.”
— “London’s Old Vic Pulls Daniel Radcliffe-Starring ‘Endgame’ As Coronavirus Fears Impact West End” by Variety’s Manori Ravindran:
— “Young Vic cancels remaining performances of Nora” by The Stage’s Matthew Hemley:
— “London’s Arcola Theatre suspends all performances until further notice” by London Theatre Direct’s Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels:

“France to Close Theaters and All Non-Essential Businesses Due to Covid-19”
 by BroadwayWorld’s Alexa Criscitiello – “French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced increased social distancing measures to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.”
— “Mirvish Suspends Performances of Hamilton, Come From Away, Summer, and Us/Them; Cancels The Boy Friend” by BroadwayWorld:
— “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne Suspends Performances Through April 12” by BroadwayWorld:
— “Come From Away Melbourne To Close A Week Early Due To COVID-19; Encore Season Begins February 2021” by BroadwayWorld:

PODCAST: “The Ensemblist Podcast Launches Series COVID-19 in the Theatre; Episodes to Feature Jason Kappus & Adam Jepsen” by BroadwayWorld – “The podcast’s first episode features an interview with Jason Kappus who was slated to perform in [American Idiot in Washington] until the announcement.”


“Broadway’s Laura Benanti Invites Canceled High School Musical Performers To Sing Out On Instagram”
 by Deadline’s Greg Evans – “In a just-posted Instagram video message … [Benanti] is inviting high school students in canceled shows to post song videos and tag Benanti for what could be a much-viewed social media share.”

“Broadway Star Stephanie J. Block Has Been Sending Money to Arts Workers Affected by Coronavirus Closures” by Just Jared – “The Broadway star found a thread on Twitter in which people are sharing their Venmo names and Stephanie has been sending money to a lot of them.”

“Broadway Theater Shutdown: Ripple Effects Felt Across the World” 
by Rolling Stone’s Cady Drell – “Already, though, people are feeling the ripple effects of the shutdown. “Certain shows have closed and they will never open again,” Exum says. “Like The Inheritance: It was supposed to close this weekend, and they’ve played their last performance.””

“Broadway Is Closed. Write Poems Instead.” by Sarah Ruhl for The New York Times – “”Should we theater people — writers, players and audiences alike — be staying home now and writing and reading poetry as a curative for the next month? Books, unlike group events, carry no germs.”

“Shakespeare Wrote His Best Works During a Plague” by The Atlantic’s Daniel Pollack-Pelzner – “Conversely, plagues may have caused plays. It’s long been thought that Shakespeare turned to poetry when plague closed the theaters in 1593.”

“How Broadway is Coping with Coronavirus Closures” by Town and Country Magazine’s Liz Cantrell – “Town & Country spoke with several members of the Broadway community, what it means for casts and crews, and their hopes to return to the stage soon.”

NYC: “NYC schools to shut down Monday over coronavirus outbreak until at least April 20” by NY Daily News’ Michael Elsen-Rooney –

“Elton John and Jake Shears Tammy Faye Bakker Musical Eyes 2021 West End Bow; Rupert Goold to Direct”
 by BroadwayWorld – “Elton John and Jake Shears … will hold an April workshop of their musical take on the life of infamous TV evangelist, Tammy Faye BakkerRupert Goold is set to direct the musical, titled Tammy Faye- The Musical, which features a book by James Graham.”