NEW YORK – The Broadway channel called “Aladdin” is trying to control COVID-19.
Disney theatrical productions company said it will cancel Friday’s performance and all shows through October 12 after “discovering additional cases of COVID-19 hacking.”
The show reopened Tuesday after nearly 18 months of being closed due to the pandemic, but was forced to close on Wednesday when COVID-19 hacks were reported within the music company. It resumed on Thursday but Friday proved to be too much. In many ways, the temporary shutdown proves that the monitoring system is working.
“This 12-day pause allows Aladdin ample time to ensure that people who have made breakthroughs recover, and any other potential breakthroughs are identified before Aladdin gets together again,” said Dr. Blyth Adamson, an epidemiologist who He works with the Disney theatrical company. The production said in a statement.
So-called superinfections are detected in people who have been vaccinated and tend to be much less serious than in those who are not vaccinated.
Adamson said she believes “these positive cases are most likely associated with exposure to a single positive case.” She set up a daily PCR test. The show pledged 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 became one of his most profitable shows.
It was the first COVID-19 cancellation on Broadway since shows resumed with a Bruce Springsteen concert back in July and “Pass Over” as the first play to debut in August.
The pandemic forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, bringing all shows to a halt and racing the spring season. Several of them resumed, including the so-called Big Three “Bad guys”, “Hamilton” and “The Lion King”.
All tickets for canceled shows will be refunded at the original point of purchase.