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Covid cancels 'Aladdin' one day after Broadway reopening

Producers of the musical, which closed along with the rest of Broadway in March 2020, said breakthrough cases were detected in the company.
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One day after it reopened on Broadway, "Aladdin" was canceled Wednesday because of breakthrough Covid-19 cases within the company, producers said.

"Aladdin" appears to be the first Broadway musical to have canceled a performance because of Covid-19 since shows resumed after the pandemic shutdown.

Disney Theatrical Productions said decisions about future performances would be announced later.

The musical said the safety of its cast, crew and audience was its top priority.

"We will continue to provide support for the affected Aladdin company members as they recover," the show said in a statement.

New York City requires proof of vaccination to attend many indoor venues, including theaters, and staff members must also be vaccinated. The Broadway League trade group has also said all 41 theaters are requiring audiences, crew members and performers to be vaccinated.

Breakthrough cases refer to people who contract Covid-19 after having been vaccinated. Health experts say that such cases are expected but that the risk of getting severely ill or dying is much lower among those who are vaccinated.

The Disney musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2014, shuttered in March 2020, along with the rest of Broadway, because of the Covid pandemic.

Not all Broadway shows have reopened, and some are scheduled to do so later this year. Mega-hits "Hamilton," "The Lion King," "Wicked" and "Chicago" reopened this month.