New documentary on how theater thrived during the pandemic has two powerful women directing and producing

In March 2020, when Broadway and theaters around the world died out, there was one place on earth where the commercial theater continued: South Korea.

The new documentary film The show must continue tells about this unprecedented moment in history. Co-directors and producers Sammi Cannold and Dori Berinstein take us into the rehearsal studio and behind the scenes of two theatrical productions: the World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and the South Korean tour of Cats. Against all odds, these heroic productions have managed to thrive safely in the midst of the pandemic. Their model has been an inspiration to theaters around the world.

Not only do we see how the international cast of actors and creators managed to rehearse and mount their shows while the world was in peril, The show must continue also brings us to the UK and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as he draws inspiration from his Korean colleagues to fight for the theater and do what he can to keep it alive.

On August 9, Cannold, Berinstein, WYSIWYG Studios, CEO Kwan-Woo Park and Elizabeth Armstrong, presented The show must continue, in front of a live audience at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, home of The Phantom of the Opera.

The moving event, which marked the first time an audience had been in the Majestic, benefited the extraordinary work of The Actors Fund. Since the pandemic, the Actor’s Fund has distributed more than $ 21 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 16,000 entertainment industry professionals in front and behind the curtain across the country.

The evening began with a surprise appearance by Josh Groban singing “Could We Start Again Please” and the crowd gathered. As the lyrics say so deeply, “I lived to see you. I’m dying to see you. But it shouldn’t be like that. It was unexpected. What do I do now? Could we start over, please?

Other artists included Isa Antonetti, Courtney Bassett, Rebecca Hargrove, Joomin Hwang, Emilie Kouatchou, Adam Richardson and The Phantom of the Opera world touring members Joseph DePietro, Luke Grooms, Ayaka Kamei, Eric Anthony López and Curt Olds.

On the red carpet before the show, Cannold got it all. “It was a gift of a lifetime to be able to do something during this horrific time that felt like there was energy to get things done,” Cannold said. A visionary theater and film director, her credits include Evita In downtown New-York, Ends at the New York Theater Workshop and at the American Repertory Theater, Ragtime on Ellis Island and Purple on a moving bus with ART “This film is about the survival of theater during the pandemic with two incredible productions and a theatrical community that has helped lead the way.”

The show must continue is now available on through Wednesday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET to benefit The Actors Fund.

After the film, some of Broadway’s most beloved performers including Sierra Boggess, Ariana DeBose, Ali Ewoldt, Shereen Pimentel and Adrienne Warren took to the stage and performed another Andrew Lloyd Webber classic “As If We Never Said Goodbye. “, From Sunset Boulevard. “This world has waited long enough. I’m finally home, ”they sang to applause and tears. “We have taught the world new ways of dreaming.”

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