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Broadway To Close as Coronavirus Grips New York’s Cultural Icons

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is banning gatherings of more than 500 people to address the spread of Covid-19.

Jacqueline B. Arnold, Robyn Hurder, Holly James, and Jeigh Madjus pose for the opening number of Moulin Rouge!

Jacqueline B. Arnold, Robyn Hurder, Holly James, and Jeigh Madjus pose for the opening number of Moulin Rouge!

Photographer: Matthew Murphy
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The show musn’t go on.

Despite the precautions theater owners and producers had been taking to germ-proof theaters—extra cleanings, no backstage guests, curtailed stage door and autograph opportunities—the decision came down from Albany on Thursday: Broadway is going dark, effective 5 P.M.