Sarah Jessica Parker is among those impacted by Broadway’s sudden shuttering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sex and the City alum, with husband Matthew Broderick, were set to bring Plaza Suite, a Neil Simon comedy, to the Great White Way, with previews to start Friday. However, amid the outbreak, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people throughout the state (Broadway theaters have around 1,500 seats), which went into effect Thursday at 5pm. As of now, shows are expected to resume April 13.
Parker reacted to the news on Instagram, sharing photos of the stage looking ready, but cloths covering the furnishings, and the marquee showing the now pushed-back preview date of March 13.
“Broadway doesn't stay quiet for long,” the ever optimistic New Yorker promised. “We will be back...Times Square will hustle and bustle. And we will be ready to swing open the doors of the beautiful Hudson Theatre and share an afternoon or evening together.”
Parker said they will “count the days until the marquees are once again lit,” but, for now, she wants people to “think of all those affected and hope for everyone's good health.”
And that includes her own sister-in-law, Matthew’s sister Janet Broderick, who tested positive for the coronavirus. A 64-year-old rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif., she fell ill after attending the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference in Louisville, Ky. — the same event at which another attendee was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Parker and Broderick, who have been married since 1997, have been working on the revival since last year. In it, they play three different couples, and did a brief pre-Broadway run last month in Boston. The show was to run for 17 weeks — now, barring more setbacks, 13.
This will mark the first time they’ve worked onstage together since 1996, when Parker joined the cast of his already-running How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Similarly, Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s post-Modern Family run in a Broadway revival of Take Me Out — with Suits’s Patrick J. Adams and Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams — is pushed back. It was supposed to begin previews April 2.
Ferguson said they would continue rehearsing while “taking care of each other” amid the shutdown, adding, “All us Take Me Out boys are sending love to the entire theater community!” And that community is facing hard times. It’s expected the shutdown will cost tens of millions of dollars for investors and artists and associated businesses — and many productions could shutter.
There have been lots of reactions to the news of the shutdown of Broadway, with its “the show must go on” mentality through “wars and recessions and all forms of darkness.” Here is what other some stars have shared:
Well this is not the way I wanted to say goodbye to Roxie and my Chicago family but I have no choice. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone that came to the shows . I leave NYC feeling like my mission is incomplete but I will treasure this time always.— Erika Jayne (@erikajayne) March 12, 2020
Erika ❤️ pic.twitter.com/V9P4BOsce7
Hello hello hello from New York.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 12, 2020
Your health and your well-being are paramount.
Sending you patience and strength, wherever you are.
Harsh and heartbreaking to the industry but necessary. https://t.co/RSdEq9pUtp— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 12, 2020
My heart goes out to all the artists and artisans who are now unable to work. And I especially want to congratulate the company of #ASoldiersPlay for a beautiful and inspiring run! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#ProudWifeyTweet https://t.co/NoXyyuO7ha— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) March 13, 2020
Sending love to everyone— casts, bands, crews, ushers, fans, artists, producers, hell even critics 😉. I know how heartbreaking and hard this will be for so many... but I’m relieved to see some leadership that puts people before profits. 💘💘💘 https://t.co/XViiNzrErj— Anaïs Mitchell (@anaismitchell) March 12, 2020
It is the right thing to do. But the economic fallout on crew members, ushers, house managers, box office staffers — as well as, of course, actors, stage managers, and musicians — will be massive. https://t.co/ysRIrXZWw1— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) March 12, 2020
If your show got cancelled, please consider gifting the money to the theater during this crisis. Some of our beloved institutions may not survive this without our help.— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) March 13, 2020
For people considering supporting an organization that provides help to the theatre community in times of economic need, look no further than @TheActorsFund— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) March 12, 2020
We will rise again as artists. Now is the time to be civil leaders and proactive helpers & nurturers. My finances may be emptied but my heart, body & soul KNOWS this is the right thing to do for ALL. https://t.co/kR6qsizacO— Stephanie J. Block (@StephanieJBlock) March 12, 2020
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