As life as we used to know it saunters back into NYC, the big news for theatre lovers is that, as of May 19th, capacity restrictions will be lifted for any number of venues, from salons, gyms, and food purveyors to museums and theatres, with Broadway coming back to life beginning this fall.
Diana is the first Broadway show to announce its dates; it begins its run at the Longacre Theatre with previews starting December 1st and opening night December 16th. Photo by Little Fang.
In confirmation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said just last week that the city should fully reopen no later than July 1st, adding that Broadway’s return is anticipated to begin in September.
The Broadway League Foundation—the national trade association for Broadway’s theatre industry—followed up on deBlasio’s comments by releasing the following statement:
"The Broadway League has been working closely with State and City officials on plans for safely restarting the Broadway industry, welcoming audiences, and bringing our workforce back. [The] remarks by the mayor give us further optimism that Broadway productions can resume this fall, beginning in September, and we look forward to providing more details about reopening in the coming weeks."
As for the details, they will include the necessity for six-foot social distancing unless the theatre in question requires proof of a) vaccination and/or b) a negative COVID test.
More to come…we’ll keep you posted!