Two Broadway shows were abruptly canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests even after audience members were seated Thursday night.
Broadway's Moulin Rouge! at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and Jagged Little Pill at the Broadhurst Theatre were canceled abruptly after a "late-in-the-day" positive test, according to Deadline.
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Moulin Rouge! is scheduled for another production Saturday, and Jagged Little Pill is set for a show Friday. It is unclear whether Thursday's cancellations will affect the shows' schedules for the remainder of the week.
The two abrupt cancellations follow other high-profile cancellations after COVID-19 cases were detected in production companies. Most of the other recent theatrical cancellations took place before audience members were seated. Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme, and Ain’t Too Proud canceled shows due to COVID-19 concerns, Variety reported.
Broadway closed earlier in the pandemic, but a number of shows started reopening around last September.
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The abrupt cancellations come amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in New York and across the country. The city averaged 2,899 new confirmed cases per day in the last week, according to the city's Department of Health. Dr. Jay Varma, a top adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio, said cases in the city doubled in a three-day period.
The surge in cases follows reports of the omicron variant spreading in the city. Experts believe the variant spreads faster than most other strains of COVID-19 but is less lethal than the delta variant. The city recently announced additional measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, such as distributing free at-home test kits.