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On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that all Broadway show houses will be closed.

That means no one will feel the love tonight at Lion King. The Phantom of the Opera will really be a ghost-town. And there is no chance for those big ole red steps to be lit.

He ordered the shutdown after he made mandatory that all gatherings within the entire state of 500 or more ve suspended… at least until April 12th.

Should within this time period, the pandemic of COVID-19 dies down, your favorite shows will resume on April 13th.

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“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” The president of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, said in a statement.

Broadway has shut down only a few times in the past.

The League instituted a shutdown in 2001, a couple of days after 9/11. Other times included a strike for actors in the 1960s, 1970s and in 2003.