For over a year and a half, Broadway has been closed due to the Covid-19 virus, but starting this month, many Broadway classics are returning to the stage with some safety measures in place. Earlier this summer, some productions were already back on stage such as “Springsteen on Broadway” and “Pass Over.”
“We wish we could have opened 18 months ago, but we were not coming back till the safety protocols were in place,” said St. Martin, president of Broadway League. He added, “We could not open Broadway with social distancing.”
Broadway announced in July that all 41 of the theaters will require the audience members to have proof of Covid vaccinations and wear masks at all times inside the theaters. Groups unable to get the vaccine, especially children under 12, people with medical conditions, or those with closely held religious beliefs, will need to provide a negative test result.
As Broadway reopened, “Waitress” and “Hadestown” were completely sold out on opening night, with theatergoers occupying more than 2,000 seats combined. “Waitress” broke the single-performance sales record at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, topping “Betrayal,” which starred Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in 2013.
More shows like “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” and “The Lion King” are all coming back in September and will fall under the new policy, ending the longest shutdown in Broadway’s history.
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