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Showbituaries: A Look at the Broadway Productions That Didn't Get to Open in 2020

We remember all of these shows, some of which won't return when Broadway reopens.

The theater industry shut down on March 12, which was supposed to be the opening night of Six. Here, we take a look back at the Broadway shows that were supposed to celebrate this year, but were robbed of that experience.


Six
Scheduled Opening: March 12, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater returns

Written by: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Directed by: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Cast: Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, Samantha Pauly, Anna Uzele, Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert, Courtney Mack, Mallory Maedke
Choreography by: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Creative Team: Emma Bailey (set design), Gabriella Slade (costume design), Paul Gatehouse (sound design), Tim Deiling (lighting design), Tom Curran (orchestrations), Roberta Duchak (music supervision US), Joe Beighton (music supervision/vocal arrangements), and Julia Schade (music direction), Bonnie Panson (production stage manager), Christine M. Daly (stage manager), Rachel A. Zucker (assistant stage manager).


K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, and Danny McCarthy in The Minutes on Broadway
(© Michael Brosilow)

The Minutes
Scheduled Opening: March 15, 2020
Scheduled Closing: June 14, 2020
Plans to Reopen: March 15, 2022

Written by: Tracy Letts
Directed by: Anna D. Shapiro
Cast: Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, Tracy Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, and Jeff Still
Creative Team: David Zinn (set), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting), André Pluess (sound design and original music), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Edward Sobel (dramaturgy), Jane Grey-Jones (production stage manager), and Shae Candelaria (assistant stage manager).


Dan Stevens and Gaby French in the Broadway production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen.
(© Joan Marcus)

Hangmen
Scheduled Opening: March 19, 2020
Scheduled Closing: July 18, 2020
Actual Closing: March 12, 2020
Plans to Reopen: No

Written by: Martin McDonagh
Directed by: Matthew Dunster
Cast: Mark Addy, Tracie Bennett, Ewen Bremner, Owen Campbell, Jeremy Crutchley, Gaby French, Josh Goulding, John Hodgkinson, Richard Hollis, John Horton, Ryan Pope, Dan Stevens, Sebastian Beacon, Pete Bradbury, Katie Fabel, and Colin McPhillamy.
Creative Team: Anna Fleischle (sets and costumes), Joshua Carr (lighting), Ian Dickinson (sound), Scott Rollison (production stage manager), and Hannah Sullivan (stage manager).


Greg Hildreth, Rashidra Scott, Nikki Renée Daniels, Christopher Fitzgerald, Katrina Lenk, Etai Benson, Matt Doyle, Christopher Sieber, and Jennifer Simard in Company on Broadway.
(© Brinkhoff-Moegenburg)

Company
Scheduled Opening: March 22, 2020 (Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday)
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater returns

Written by: Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
Directed by: Marianne Elliott
Choreography by: Liam Steel
Cast: Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, Greg Hildreth, Matt Doyle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Rashidra Scott, Terence Archie, Etai Benson, Nikki Renée Daniels, Claybourne Elder, Kyle Dean Massey, Bobby Conte Thornton, Kathryn Allison, Stanley Bahorek, Britney Coleman, John Arthur Greene, Javier Ignacio, Anisha Nagarajan, Tally Sessions, and Matt Wall
Creative Team: Bunny Christie (set and costumes), Neil Austin (lighting), Ian Dickinson (sound), Chris Fisher (illusions), Campbell Young Associates (hair, wig, and makeup), Joel Fram (music supervisor), David Cullen (orchestrations), Sam Davis (dance arrangements), Timothy R. Semon (production stage manager), Megan Schneid (stage manager), and Emily Hayes (assistant stage manager)..


Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley in The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.
(© Mark Douet)

The Lehman Trilogy
Scheduled Opening: March 26, 2020
Scheduled Closing: Summer 2020
Plans to Reopen: To be determined

Written by: Stefano Massini; adapted by Ben Power from a translation by Mirella Cheesman
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Cast: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles
Creative Team: Es Devlin (scenic design), Katrina Lindsay (costume design), Luke Halls (video design), Jon Clark (lighting design), Nick Powell (composer & sound design), Dominic Bilkey (co-sound design), Candida Caldicot (music direction), Polly Bennett (movement), Charmian Hoare (voice), Zoé Ford Burnett (associate director), David Lober (production stage manager), and Cynthia Cahill and Melissa M. Spengler (stage managers).


Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf, and Jeanna de Waal will star in Diana on Broadway.
(© Gavin Bond)

Diana: A True Musical Story
Scheduled Opening: March 31, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater returns

Written by: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
Directed by: Christopher Ashley
Choreographed by: Kelly Devine
Cast: Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Bruce Dow, Richard Gatta, Lauren E.J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, Andre Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomǡs Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko, and Bethany Ann Tesarck.
Creative Team: Ian Eisendrath (music supervisor), David Zinn (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Gareth Owen (sound design), John Clancy (orchestrations), Martha Donaldson (production stage manager), Mark Dobrow (stage manager), and Sherry Cohen and Jennifer Kozumplik (assistant stage managers).


Mrs. Doubtfire
Scheduled Opening: April 5, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater returns

Written by: Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and John O'Farrell
Directed by: Jerry Zaks
Choreographed by: Lorin Latarro
Cast: Rob McClure, Jenn Gambatese, Brad Oscar, Peter Bartlett, Charity Angél Dawson, Mark Evans, J. Harrison Ghee, Analise Scarpaci, Jake Ryan Flynn, Avery Sell, Cameron Adams, Akilah Ayanna, Calvin L. Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Casey Garvin, Maria Dalanno, David Hibbard, KJ Hippensteel, Aaron Kaburick, Erica Mansfield, Brian Martin, Alexandra Matteo, Sam Middleton, Doreen Montalvo*, LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, Jaquez André Sims, Lily Tamburo, Travis Waldschmidt, and Aléna Watters. (*Doreen Montalvo passed away in October 2020.)
Creative Team: Ethan Popp (music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator ), David Korins (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting), Brian Ronan (sound), David Brian Brown (hair and wigs), Tommy Kurzman (makeup), Adam John Hunter (production stage manager), Michael Rico Cohen (stage manager), and Christine D'Amore (assistant stage manager).


Sharon D. Clarke in the London production of Caroline, or Change.
(© Marc Brenner)

Caroline, or Change
Scheduled Opening: April 7, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater reopens

Written by: Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
Directed by: Michael Longhurst
Choreographed by: Ann Yee
Cast: Sharon D. Clarke, Alexander Bello, John Cariani, Arica Jackson, Tamika Lawrence, Caissie Levy, Harper Miles, Jonah Mussolino, Nya, Chinua Payne, Nasia Thomas, Stuart Zagnit, Chip Zien, Samantha Williams, Kaden Amari Anderson, Joy Hermalyn, Kevin S. McAllister, N'Kenge, and Jaden Myles Waldman
Creative Team Fly Davis (sets and costumes), Jack Knowles (lights), Paul Arditti (sound), Nigel Lilley (music supervision), Chris Fenwick (music direction), and Pat Sosnow (production stage manager).


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Scheduled Opening: April 9, 2020
Scheduled Closing: August 2, 2020
Actual Closing: March 12, 2020
Plans to Reopen: No

Written by: Edward Albee
Directed by: Joe Mantello
Cast: Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, Patsy Ferran, Russell Tovey
Creative Team: Miriam Buether (sets), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting), Ann Roth (costumes), William Joseph Barnes (production stage manager), and Lisa Buxbaum (assistant stage manager).


Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
(© Jenny Anderson)

Plaza Suite
Scheduled Opening: April 13, 2020
Scheduled Closing: Summer 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater reopens

Written by: Neil Simon
Directed by: John Benjamin Hickey
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Danny Bolero, Molly Ranson, Eric Wiegand, Michael McGrath, Erin Dilly, Laurie Veldheer, and Cesar J. Rosado
Creative Team: John Lee Beatty (set design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design), Marc Shaiman (incidental music), and Tripp Phillips (production stage manager).


Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss
(© Matthew Murphy)

American Buffalo
Scheduled Opening: April 14, 2020
Scheduled Closing: Summer 2020
Plans to Reopen: To be determined, when theater reopens

Written by: David Mamet
Directed by: Neil Pepe
Cast: Darren Criss, Laurence Fishburne, and Sam Rockwell
Creative Team: Scott Pask (set), Dede Ayite (costumes), Tyler Micoleau (lighting), and Samantha Watson (stage manager).


Flying Over Sunset
Scheduled Opening: April 16, 2020
Scheduled Closing: June 28, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater reopens

Written by: James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie
Directed by: James Lapine
Choreography by: Michelle Dorrance
Cast: Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton, Tony Yazbeck, Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, and Atticus Ware.
Creative Team: Beowulf Boritt (sets), Toni-Leslie James (costumes), Bradley King (lighting), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Jeff Sugg (projections), Michael Starobin (orchestrations), Kimberly Grigsby (musical direction), Rick Steiger (production stage manager), and Janet Takami and Andrea Cibelli (assistant stage managers).


A scene from Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Sing Street
Scheduled Opening: April 19, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Winter 2021 or Winter 2022

Written by: Enda Walsh, John Carney, and Gary Clark
Directed by: Rebecca Taichman
Choreography by: Sonya Tayeh
Cast: Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi,Dashiell Eaves, Ilan Eskenazi, and Michael Lepore.
Creative Team: Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Luke Halls and Brad Peterson (video and projection), Martin Lowe (music supervision/orchestrations), Fred Lassen (music director), Matt DiCarlo (production stage manager), and Amanda Spooner (stage manager).


Debra Messing
(© Andrew Eccles)

Birthday Candles
Scheduled Opening: April 21, 2020
Scheduled Closing: June 21, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Fall 2021

Written by: Noah Haidle
Directed by: Vivienne Benesch
Cast: Debra Messing, Andre Braugher, Enrico Colantoni, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood, and Christopher Livingston
Creative Team: Christine Jones (sets), Toni-Leslie James (costumes), Jen Schriever (lights), John Gromada (sound), Kate Hopgood (original music), and Jennifer Rae Moore (production stage manager).


David Morse, Alyssa May Gold, Johanna Day, Paula Vogel, Mary-Louise Parker, Mark Brokaw, and Chris Myers make up the How I Learned to Drive team.
(© David Gordon)

How I Learned to Drive
Scheduled Opening: April 22, 2020
Scheduled Closing: June 7, 2020
Plans to Reopen: Spring 2022

Written by: Paula Vogel
Directed by: Mark Brokaw
Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse, Johanna Day, Alyssa May Gold, Chris Myers
Creative Team: Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), Lucy Mackinnon (video design), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), and James Fitzsimmons (production stage manager).


Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Williams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson star in Take Me Out.
(© Catherine Wessel)

Take Me Out
Scheduled Opening: April 23, 2020
Scheduled Closing: Summer 2020
Plans to Reopen: Yes, when theater reopens

Written by: Richard Greenberg
Directed by: Scott Ellis
Cast: Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jesse Williams, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos, and Tyler Lansing Weaks
Creative Team: David Rockwell (sets), Linda Cho (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Fitz Patton (sound), and Kelly Levy (production stage manager).

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