December is generally a boom time for ticket sales for Broadway shows, followed by a decline after the holidays in January-February. But this season, with the unprecedented spread of infections with the COVID-19 Omicron variant, December 2021 has seen daily cancellations, temporary postponements and permanent closures due to positive test results from cast and crew, concern for individual health and safety. and the economic viability of continuing to perform during the traditionally slow months. Despite NYC and the Broadway League’s determination to stay open, it has been in the theater community that each show alone makes the difficult individual decision to continue or close, often at the very last minute before curtain time. , based on daily pre-performance monitoring.
The latest Broadway production impacted by Omicron is Mrs. Doubtfire, the new stage musical adaptation of the popular 1993 film, which opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theater on December 5, 2021, after an eighteen-month delay due to the government-mandated shutdown of Broadway from the 12 March 2020. Already touched by Omicron’s previous diagnoses among the team, producer Kevin McCollum announced yesterday that the show will take a nine-week hiatus from January 10 to March 14; it is scheduled to return to the stage on Tuesday March 15, 2022. Tickets are now on sale for performances until November 20, 2022. Members of the public who currently hold tickets for performances on March 15 or later will retain their seats . Anyone with tickets during the break can exchange them for a later date or get a full refund at the point of purchase.
According to McCollum, “The first few months of a brand new Broadway show are an extremely delicate and important time. With the omnipresence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Mrs. Doubtfire should shut down permanently if production does not take drastic and proactive measures. For the sake of the long-term employment potential of all who work on Mrs. Doubtfire, and the show’s extended run, we’ve decided that after the performance on January 9, production will end for nine weeks and return on March 15.
McCollum went on to say, “Ms. Doubtfire has been in development for six years. We are doing everything in our power to prevent the virus from ending our race on Broadway prematurely. By taking this break we can afford to run an extended run starting in March. He added, “Finally, I would like to express my deep and endless admiration for our amazing cast, crew, orchestra, creative team and all of our company. They have taken on every challenge thrown at them over the past two years with a remarkable amount of resilience, good humor, courage and love for one another. They embody the indomitable spirit of Broadway. I can’t wait for the public to continue enjoying what he created in March! “
The production will continue to follow New York State, City and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all actors, production staff, theater employees, and members of the public entering the Stephen Theater. Sondheim. The theater ventilation system is equipped with MERV 15 filtration, in addition to rigorous cleaning and sanitation.
Mrs. Doubtfire plays until Sunday January 9, 2022 and resumes Tuesday March 15, 2022 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, 124 West 43e Street, New York. For tickets (starting at $ 49), call (212) 239-6200, or go in line. Everyone must show full proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid photo ID to enter the building and must wear a properly fitted mask at all times inside.