Broadway will remain dark through Labor Day, at least

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Broadway remains dark through at least Labor Day

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Broadway stages will remain dark and silent through at least Labor Day.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has brought most of the country to a standstill, has muted The Great White Way.

An exact reopening date has not been set, but producers are offering refunds and exchanges for Broadway shows through Sept. 6, The Associated Press reported.

Arts and entertainment is in the last phase of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan, The New York Times reported.

Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said the move is to make sure that everyone who wants to come to the theater can do so safely.

Broadway shut down on March 12, closing down already established shows, as well as ones that were scheduled to open, the AP reported.

It also caused the indefinite postponement of the Tony Awards.

Last season, Broadway grossed $1.8 billion with 15 million people seeing a show.

Tuesday, the producers of the revival of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker announced the show will be pushed back until March 2021. "Hangmen" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" were supposed to be among the 16 shows to open this spring, but were shelved, the AP reported.

As for touring companies and when those shows will resume, officials with the Broadway League said it will be decided on a show-by-show basis, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But hope is not all lost. One of the toughest tickets to get on Broadway will now be able to be seen from the comfort of your living room.

Disney officials announced Tuesday, that instead of waiting for its big-screen run, a movie with the original cast would instead be streamed on Disney+ July 3.