The theatre district in Manhattan, which has been nearly empty since March.

NEW YORK — The entirely expected news that Broadway will remain closed through at least May 30 means extended hardship for thousands of arts workers and a protracted economic slam on a city starved for signs of recovery.

The Broadway League, the trade group representing Broadway producers and theater owners, announced Friday that theatergoers holding tickets to any shows through May 30 should seek refunds or exchanges. This includes the few productions that had set performance dates for early spring, most notably the revivals of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, and Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

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