Broadway will once again welcome fans of its shows this fall as theaters in New York City reopen at full capacity, despite the continuing threat of COVID-19 spreading.
During the last 18 months of closure, the TKTS ticket booth in New York’s Times Square has been empty, but that will change.
I’m glad to be back at Times Square. “The ticket booth at Times Square can open now and that ‘s exciting,” said Victoria Bailey of the Theater Development Fund.
The famous Broadway theaters officially reopen today (September 14) at full capacity. For many, the return signals a rise of the city and the power of the arts to unite people, even at this precarious end to the longest closure in the history of Broadway theaters.
“What’s really exciting about me is getting people back to work, because it’s been hard for people to make a living from art shows,” says Victoria Bailey of the Theater Development Fund.
The Broadway League, a trade association representing theater owners and producers, hopes to captivate audiences with a 99-clip video from 99 shows.
Its website contains information on demonstrations and explanations of security protocols.
Spectators will be asked to show evidence of Covid-19 vaccination and wear masks during performances.
“Many changes have been made behind the scenes, such as the improvement or change of air conditioning systems, the installation of new filters and the creation of new contactless services. “Each show will have a security manager for the coronavirus,” Charlotte St. told VOA. Martin from The Broadway League.
The theater’s mission to bring people together is what the producer of “Thoughts of a Man of Color”, Brian Moreland, enjoys. His show will debut this season.
“The opening of theaters on Broadway, in these communities, the return to the auditorium of spectators from all over the world, will be brilliant,” he says.
Like many performers, Luke Naphat spent most of last year working from home, but was optimistic about reopening the theater when VOA spoke with him last spring.
“Everyone will come back stronger than before,” he said.
Now, the reopening is happening and Luke Naphat is very pleased that the rehearsals for the play “Corner of Bitter and Sweet” will be done in the theater together with his colleagues.
“Seeing people and singing in the company of an instrument is a very special feeling,” he says.
“We have gone through a lot of trauma as a society. And we need healing. “I think going to the theater is part of that healing process,” said Victoria Bailey of the Theater Development Fund.
This will be felt by many people, when the curtains are soon opened for the first show on “Broadway”.
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