After 18 months of historical hiatus, Broadway is back. This Tuesday Hamilton, Wicked and The Lion King, three of the most important shows, have returned to New York theaters with no capacity limit. Although they are not the first, their return symbolizes the return of the theater.
“Broadway is back”, has announced Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, at the gates of the building where the musical is performed. Hours before the curtain rose, megaphone in hand, the artist thanked the audience for their support. “It has been a hard year and a half,” he said. He was joined by cast members from all three musicals to perform a rendition of New York, New York, filling the streets with music again.
In images published on social networks you can see the theaters full of people enjoying the shows. “Honestly, I’ve never heard louder applause than when Ginna Claire Mason said ‘It’s good to see me, isn’t it?’ as Glinda for the return of Wicked to Broadway “, tweeted Marc J Franklin, photographer for the theater magazine Playbill.
“Broadway, and all the arts and culture of the city, express the life, energy, diversity, spirit of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a conference on press this Tuesday. “It’s in our heart and soul. It’s also a big part of what people do for a living in this city. And that makes us great. So this is a great night for the New York City comeback. “.
“The New Yorkers who do these shows love our city, they are driving our return from tourism and are driving our economic recovery,” He has written de Blasio. In the 2018-2019 season, Broadway contributed 14.7 billion dollars (12.441 million euros) to the economy of New York, ticket sales aside, and helped maintain 96,900 local jobs, according to data from the Broadway League. In total, 14.77 million people attended a show that season, raising 1.83 billion dollars (1.548 million euros).
Vaccine, masks and tests
To stay safe in times of COVID-19, the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters require the full vaccination schedule for the public, performers, backstage and theater personnel. Attendees must also wear a mask, except when eating or drinking at designated locations.
Although yes exceptions are made for children under 12 years of age and “people with a medical condition or a deeply held religious belief that prevents vaccination.” In these cases, they must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to the start time of the performance or a negative antigen test performed within 6 hours prior to the performance start time.