Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.
Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”
At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.
The owners and operators of the 41 theaters have decided to relax audience safety protocols that have been in place since last summer.
Employees of a nonunion production are seeking improved compensation and safety protocols, saying a union version of the same musical pays better.
The Hugh Jackman-led revival has 76 trombones, 110 cornets, and took in $3.5 million in ticket sales last week, more than any show since the pandemic began.
The 75th ceremony, honoring plays and musicals staged on Broadway, resumes its traditional calendar after a few years of pandemic disruption.
Big shows did well when they returned in the fall after the long pandemic shutdown but new plays struggled, previously undisclosed industry data shows.
With Omicron complicating Broadway’s return, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed more assistance for commercial theater, which her budget director called “critical for the economy.”
Curtains are rising again after the Omicron surge caused widespread cancellations, but attendance has fallen steeply. Nine shows are closing, at least temporarily.
As Omicron spreads, shows are relying on replacement actors more than ever. And productions without enough of them have had to cancel performances.
“Thoughts of a Colored Man” and “Waitress” became the latest productions to end their runs because of coronavirus cases among their cast or crew.
Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.
The city’s tourism marketing agency is starting a campaign in several countries to attract visitors after the long pandemic lockout.
Seeing theater these days can involve waiting in lines to show proof of vaccination and getting rapid coronavirus tests for young children. Many fans seem undeterred.
Theater seems to be responding to demands for diversity. Artists are both delighted and worried about the precarious moment in which the gates have opened.
Rudy Giuliani was meant to appear; Elaine Stritch arrived just in time. Recalling the “I Love New York” spot that helped dispel the fear in Times Square.
The trade association representing theater owners and producers gets an assist from Oprah Winfrey as it seeks to drive ticket sales beyond the buzzy September reopenings.
To address Black artists’ concerns, the pact calls for forgoing all-white creative teams, renaming theaters for Black artists and establishing diversity rules for the Tonys.
The first applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, offering $16 billion in federal aid, were approved.
Most of the prizes will be announced on the Paramount+ streaming service, followed by a starry concert celebrating Broadway on CBS television.
This Tony Award-winning musical has chosen the earliest reopening date of any thus far: The curtain is to go up on Sept. 2.
No shows are playing, and no one knows when they will come back. Here are answers to six questions about a process even more idiosyncratic than usual.
In a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, only 18 shows were eligible for awards. The ceremony is expected to take place in December or January.
International arrivals to New York are down as much as 93 percent, and the people and businesses of the city’s tourism industry are on the brink.
“The Music Man” and other shows will have to plan new opening dates, as a new reality sets in: Many theaters are likely to stay shut through next fall.
Throughout most of Western history, plays typically went on hiatus when plagues hit. But could contemporary designers, or perhaps outdoor settings or spaced-out seats, provide novel solutions?
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a vaccine would need to exist for nearly a year before people might feel comfortable returning to theaters unmasked, which he said would likely be mid- to late 2021.
Decision comes after months of uncertainty following a Broadway shutdown that kept many shows from opening.
The city is mired in an economic crisis, and the return of visitors looks distant. That’s devastating news for these three tourist destinations.
With an influenza pandemic and a war on, New York’s health commissioner took an unorthodox stand, declining to shutter public entertainment.
The industry said it would refund tickets through Jan. 3, and hopes that shows would be able to reopen “over a series of rolling dates in early 2021.”
The organization will commission a comprehensive survey to get a handle on diversity onstage, backstage and in production offices.
A New York Times/Siena College Research Institute poll found that theatergoers who are hesitant to return worry that the people around them won’t follow the rules.
The show is the first Broadway musical felled by the coronavirus.
Facing restrictions on audience size and concern from actors and audiences about health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, the industry announced that shows will be shuttered through April 12.