Broadway’s first play begins performances since closing – here’s what to expect when the theater reopens


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The new game Go over will begin performances at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway on Wednesday, marking the first time a new play has been performed on Broadway in nearly a year and a half and serving as the first in a series of shows to begin over the next few years. months as the Great White Way comes back to life after its extended shutdown.

Highlights

Go over, a new play by playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, will premiere its performances ahead of its official opening on September 12, with a free block party after the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. performance open to the public to celebrate the return of Broadway.

The play, as with all Broadway shows that will reopen, will require members of the public to present proof of vaccination in order to attend the show, although guests are under the age of 12 or who have a health condition or belief sincere nun preventing them from getting vaccinated may show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test.

All Broadway shows will also require audience members to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking, and theaters will reopen at full capacity with all seats available.

In addition to members of the public, all Broadway performers and staff will also need to be vaccinated.

The next show back on Broadway after Go over will be the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown September 2, followed by four of Broadway’s longest-running hits and musicals—Hamilton, Bad, The Lion King and Chicago—September 14.

Shows will then open throughout the rest of the year, including the musical Six (resumption of performances on September 17), Red Mill! (September 24), Aladdin (September 28), The Phantom of the Opera (October 22), The Book of Mormon (November 5), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (November 16), Dear Evan Hansen (December 11) and a new revival of The man of music with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster (December 20).

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$ 22.4 billion. That’s the expected economic impact of the Broadway shutdown based on the resumption of performances in early September, according to a report by industry analysis firm Tanna. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio noted in March that the city’s theater industry has an economic impact of $ 15 billion each year, with 100,000 jobs affected by the industry and closings underway.

Key context

Broadway closed in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic. The shows remained closed even as other businesses reopened and left thousands of artists and workers out of work. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for shows to reopen with limited capacity in April before announcing in May that Broadway shows would resume on September 14, although some shows like Go over and Hadestown chose to open before this deadline as New York lifted its Covid-19 restrictions. Prior to Go over original performances, those of Bruce Springsteen Springsteen on Broadway became the first show to start on Broadway since the shutdown – although this show is a concert, not a theatrical production – starting in June with a vaccination mandate in place. Springsteen will continue to perform at the St. James Theater on Broadway until September 4th.

Tangent

In addition to the Broadway theater, national Broadway musical tours also resumed this week, with Bad becoming the first tour to reopen in Dallas on Tuesday.

Further reading

The show will continue (if you’re vaccinated): Broadway joins other big New York sites commissioning Covid Shot (Forbes)

From Michael Jackson to “The Music Man” – Here’s Every New Show Coming To Broadway When It Reopens (Forbes)

‘Hamilton’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Lion King’ among first Broadway musicals in September (Forbes)

As New York reopens, culture seeks to lead the way (New York Times)

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