NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has greenlit Broadway’s return, with the fall start date of September 14th.
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Tickets for Broadway are opening up today, (Thursday, May 6th). Broadway’s theaters will be open at 100 percent capacity once they reopen. The updated re-opening date follows Governor Cuomo’s state mandated announcement which addressed capacity restrictions in New York City, confirming restrictions would be lifted May 19th. Initially Broadway re-opening was bunched int here, but this upate allows for theaters to safely rehearse, and bring cast members back on contracts, to create a fall opening for shows to come back in full force.
The initial shutdown of Broadway took place on March 12, 2020, as Gov. Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people in a bid to slow the infection rate of the novel coronavirus. At the time of immediate closure, 31 productions were running, including eight new shows in previews, and eight productions were in rehearsals. In what can only be presumed to be the beginning of rolling returning theater announcements, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh announced that The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, would resume performances Oct. 22 at The Majestic Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Further dates for returning Broadway productions will be announced in the coming weeks on a show-by-show basis, the Broadway League announced. Theatergoers can visit Broadway.org for developing information.