NEW YORK CITY – Officials with Disney Theatrical Productions canceled performances of “Aladdin” on Broadway until Oct. 12 after breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected among the show’s company.
The cancellation was announced after breakthrough cases prompted the cancellation of Wednesday’s performance. The show had reopened Tuesday on Broadway after the coronavirus pandemic forced theaters to close for 18 months.
The Thursday performance of “Aladdin” went on as scheduled before producers posted a statement to Twitter on Friday announcing the cancellation of shows through Oct. 10.
“Although negative PCR testing allowed us to move safely forward with last night’s performance of ‘Aladdin’ at The New Amsterdam Theatre, additional breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected within the company today,” the statement read. “Because the wellness and safety of our guests, cast and crew remain our top priority, we feel the prudent decision is to cancel performances staring tonight, Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 10th.”
Curtains are set to rise again for “Aladdin” at a 7 p.m. showing on Oct. 12.
In a statement obtained by NPR, Dr. Blythe Adamson, the public health researcher working with Disney Theatrical Productions, said the 12-day pause on performances “allows the ‘Aladdin’ company ample time to ensure that people with breakthroughs recover, and any other potential breakthroughs are identified before the ‘Aladdin’ company gathers again.” She added that the cases are “likely related to an exposure from one positive case.”
People who bought tickets to see the canceled shows can get refunds at their original points of purchase.
Broadway actors and stage managers are required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and to get vaccinated against the viral infection. Audience members are also required to wear masks and show proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated.
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