NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – It’s the weekend, we’re bringing Springsteen back to Broadway, and other new shows are debuting for the summer, including some extravagantly staged for sophisticated adult audiences.
Bruce Springsteen returns with the first full-capacity post-pandemic show on Broadway. The race is from June 26 to September 4.
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“This is a big step in the right direction for the return of indoor performances,” said TJ Witham, vice president of communications for Times Square Alliance.
In addition to “Springsteen on Broadway” there are other productions new this week – elaborate productions designed to wow audiences.
The new live show “Speakeasy Times Square” offers audiences a mix of burlesque, mixed with circus songs and signature cocktails. It takes place at the Bond 45 club dinner until the end of July.
“Ultra glamorous, upscale burlesque, a little cheeky,” performer Miss Miranda told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.
“You feel like you are having this high class experience, and we need it. Everyone wants to feel chic. People should be treated like kings and queens. We’ve been sitting around in sweatpants for the past 16 months, ”producer Holly-Anne Devlin said.
Artists Sarah Meahl and Morgan Bryant are excited to be working in live theater again.
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“The camaraderie starts, I believe, in rehearsals,” Meahl said.
“When you’re part of a group of people, especially us girls in this cast, we’re already so close,” said Bryant.
“People are back. They are here and we are delighted that they are starting to experience some great live entertainment, both in public squares, but now also in amazing venues, ”said Witham.
Serious plays will return to Broadway with re-openings mostly in September, but right now in the Meatpacking District you’re getting seven creatively staged short plays in one night.
“The play is called the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, and every playwright has been given a sin to write a play around that sin,” said director and playwright Moises Kaufman.
With actors behind glass, spectators wear helmets and walk from storefront to storefront.
“What’s great is that there are seven amazing American playwrights making a world premiere,” Kaufman said.
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The New York City stages are now ready for a summer of big theater.