Seth Wenig / AP
NEW YORK – The Broadway hit “Aladdin” is trying to contain COVID-19.
Disney Theatrical Productions said it will cancel Friday’s presentation and all shows until October 12 after “new cases of COVID-19 were detected.”
The show reopened on Tuesday after about 18 months of closure due to the pandemic, but was forced to close on Wednesday when COVID-19 cases were reported within the musical’s company. It restarted on Thursday, but on Friday it turned out too much. In many ways, the temporary shutdown proves that the monitoring system is working.
“This 12-day hiatus gives the ‘Aladdin’ company plenty of time to ensure that people with breakthroughs recover, and any other potential breakthroughs are identified before the ‘Aladdin’ company meets again,” said Dr. Blythe Adamson, an epidemiologist with Disney Theatrical. Productions said in a statement.
So-called progressive infections are found in vaccinated people and tend to be much less dangerous than unvaccinated people.
Adamson said he believes that “these positive cases are likely related to a positive case exposure.” It has instituted daily PCR tests. The show promised to support “affected members of the ‘Aladdin’ company as they recover.”
“Aladdin,” a musical adaptation of the 1992 animated film starring Robin Williams, opened on Broadway in March 2014 and has become one of its highest-grossing shows.
It was Broadway’s first COVID-19 cancellation since shows resumed with the Bruce Springsteen concert returning in July and “Pass Over” as the first play to debut in August.
The pandemic forced Broadway theaters to close abruptly on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows and fighting the spring season. Several have rebooted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”
All tickets for canceled performances will be refunded at the original point of purchase.