New York City celebrates the reopening of Broadway, one of the Big Apple’s most iconic activities, with city and state authorities authorized to reopen at full capacity by mid-September.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Broadway theaters will be able to reopen on September 14 and set their own entry requirements. They will decide if people must show that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend a show. With ticket sales, theaters will gauge audience interest before raising the curtains, said Robert Mujica, Cuomo’s budget director.
“We remain cautiously optimistic about Broadway’s ability to resume performances this fall. We are happy that fans can start buying tickets again, ”said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement Wednesday.
What will Broadway look like after a year without shows?
When Broadway turns the lights back on, it will look different. In May, the Disney musical “Frozen” decided not to return when the theaters reopen. This is the first show brought down by the pandemic. The producers of “Mean Girls” also decided not to return.
But there will be new shows. Such is the case of “Pass Over” by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, programmed for the August Wilson Theater. And “Thoughts of a Colored Man” will perform at the Shubert Theater.
The industry has viewed the lifting of capacity restrictions as crucial to any reopening plan, as Broadway’s economy demands the full capacity of the site. Some off-Broadway shows have already reopened with limited seating.
All the theaters in the city closed abruptly on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows, including 16 whose premieres were scheduled.
Some that were to debut spring 2020 was a musical about Michael Jackson and a rerun of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. Both postponed their productions to 2021.
But others completely abandoned their premiere plans. They are “Hangmen” and a rerun of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee.
With information from The Associated Press
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