Six the Musical: Broadway opening night for West End transfer cancelled as coronavirus causes theaters to go dark

A smash-hit West End musical transfer was forced to cancel its opening on Broadway hours before the famous theatre district was ordered to shut to combat the spread of coronavirus.

New York state governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of shows yesterday as a part of new regulations to stop public gatherings over 500 people.

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The closure came shortly before the hit show Six The Musical was thanks to officially open on Broadway.

Producer Kevin McCollum said they didn’t “even question” the choice to shut the theater.

He said: “We’re getting to be a part of the reopening of Broadway, we are suspending, we aren’t closed, we are a show that’s able to be launched in North America. We are able to open as soon as we feel the town , the state and therefore the country are ready.”

Lucy Moss, 25, became the youngest woman to direct a Broadway musical when Six first previewed almost four weeks ago.

The young Londoner, who created the show inspired by the wives of Henry VIII with co-writer Toby Marlow while they were students at Cambridge, said she was during a taxi on her thanks to get her hair finished the large night when she heard the news on the radio.

She said: “I guess it’s been a relief because there’s been concerns growing and it’s felt like we’ve been talking about what the proper thing to try to to is and fortunately that’s been taken out of our hands.

“This isn’t the top for 6 on Broadway, it’s just a postponing therefore the main thing is we’re getting to take this virus seriously and not be blasé about it.”