Reside Broadway reveals will return to the stage beginning Sept. 14 after an 18-month hiatus to battle the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced on Wednesday.
Tickets will go on sale starting Thursday and theaters will likely be allowed to fill 100% of capability, Cuomo stated. Broadway theaters are amongst New York’s greatest vacationer points of interest.
“Broadway is a significant a part of our state’s id and economic system, and we’re thrilled that the curtains will rise once more,” Cuomo stated on Twitter.
Reside theater is likely one of the final sectors to return again after the pandemic due to the challenges of social distancing for actors on stage, for crews backstage, and for audiences in cramped seating in outdated buildings.
Whereas New York plans to elevate most pandemic restrictions in two weeks, Broadway theaters want extra time for rehearsals, advertising and marketing to attract crowds, and different steps.
“Restarting Broadway is a fancy endeavor,” stated Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, an trade group. “Right this moment’s inexperienced mild by the governor to place our reveals on sale now for the autumn is important to our success.”
“Producers will work with state authorities on what security measures will likely be required. It’s attainable theaters will mandate proof of a coronavirus vaccination for viewers members,” New York price range director Robert Mujica stated.
“Will individuals really feel comfy sitting proper subsequent to a different particular person with out figuring out their vaccination standing?” Mujica stated at a information convention. “What we do know from surveys is that the reply isn’t any.”
1000’s of actors, dancers, musicians, and backstage crew had been thrown out of labor when Broadway theaters closed in March 2020. Some reveals, together with the hit musicals, Frozen and Imply Ladies, have stated they won’t return.
Thirty-one Broadway reveals had been in manufacturing when the shutdown started, together with hits similar to Hamilton, The Lion King, and Depraved.
Every returning present will announce its re-opening date within the coming weeks, the Broadway League stated.
Greater than 14.8 million tickets had been offered for Broadway reveals within the 2018-2019 season, bringing $1.8 billion in field workplace receipts, in response to the Broadway League. Some 63% of these going to reveals had been vacationers, from exterior the US or exterior New York.
“It’s time to get again to work, and I can’t wait to be again on stage very quickly,” stated Sara Bareilles, songwriter, and star of the musical Waitress.