Broadway Theaters to Reopen This September at Full Capacity. Theater lovers have been eagerly awaiting news on the reopening of Broadway, especially after New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shared COVID restrictions will begin being lifted in the next few weeks.
Broadway Hit Shows The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked are expected to announce opening dates and ticket sale information for mid-September sometime next week (with many theaters slating to open September 14th). Other shows looking to raise curtains in September include Aladdin, Chicago, American Utopia, and Come From Away.
Ticket providers are expecting issues to pop up as every show will begin ticket sales within seconds, minutes, and hours of one another, but TDF Executive Director Victoria Bailey shares that everyone is eagerly awaiting the outcome of reopening, sharing how no one knows how to reopen theaters at this capacity while comparing it to the end of The Black Plague. Bailey shared: “We’ve never done this before. The last time the theater industry opened from a pandemic, Shakespeare was still writing new plays.”
Though many predictions believe it will be years before Broadway can fully recover from the loss of theaters going dark and audience hesitation to return Come From Away Producer Sue Frost shares how she is optimistic and willing to try, sharing:
“I do think there’s going to be a real push to reach out to the tri-state area, to day-trippers, and to locals, but does the pent-up demand explode and then go dormant? If we don’t put our toe in the water, we won’t know.”
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Featured Photo Credit: Disney on Broadway/Hamilton
Source: NY Times
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