Blumenthal CEO talks impact of Broadway closures on Charlotte’s theater scene

CHARLOTTE — The pandemic will delay the return of Broadway smash hits “Hamilton” and “Wicked” to Charlotte.

Both were scheduled to arrive in town in the upcoming months.

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But, Broadway has shuttered its theaters until at least May 30. That will have a trickle-down effect on plans to bring touring versions of those productions and large-scale concerts to town, says Tom Gabbard, CEO of North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Those shows are still scheduled to come to town — it’s just a matter of when.

“It’s all intertwined,” Gabbard says. “For now, the national touring scene is really paralyzed.”

Read more here about how Charlotte’s theater scene is dealing with the impact.